It’s easy to get into a driving routine with built-in blind spots. Things we learned long ago tend to fall out of our minds. Fortunately, it’s easy to refresh your knowledge. Here are a few driving safety tips you might have skipped over.
Prepare for glare
Even on a typical grey British day, the sun can make a surprise appearance any time. If it’s winter and the sun is low in the sky, it can present an annoying and sometimes serious hazard, especially if the light is bouncing off puddles or snow. Always keep a suitable pair of sunnies in the glove compartment, so you can be safe and look suave at the same time.
Feel the glove love
You might not feel so inclined to throw on some driving gloves as you are to don your shades, but they can make a great difference to your grip. Keep some on hand – sorry – for when you’re feeling a little cold.
Count to two
Remember when you used to leave a two-second gap between you and the car in front? Keep it in mind again, allowing more time to react to the driver in front of you. Allow for a bigger space where you can, especially at high speed.
Don’t get tyred out...
Keep an eye on your tyres, especially in winter when you need the grip the most. An easy way to check the tread, which must by law be a minimum of 1.6mm all the way around, is to do the 20p test. Put a 20p into your tyre tread – if you can see the outer edge of the coin, then the tyres might be too worn.
...or tired out
Fatigue is such a basic thing to overlook – let’s face it, for most people with busy schedules being tired all the time is just a way of life. But it can seriously affect your judgement. Boring as it may be, remember to take breaks and stay well hydrated on long drives.
Keep up with your kit
You may be tempted to get rid of everything that’s rattling around in your car, but don’t forget there are a few things you should keep in there for when the weather turns. A first-aid kit, de-icer, jump leads… and some food and drink in case you’re stranded, although you might want to refresh those supplies from time to time.
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