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BMW Driver Training provides suggestions for more safety on the road

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We would like to share advice and suggestions from the BMW Driver instructors on how to drive for increased safety on the road:

Every time we pick up the car keys we are potentially placing ourselves at risk of being involved in a vehicle collision. Nearly all collisions are avoidable if we are prepared.

Let’s start with the basics:

Prior to your journey ensure that your vehicle is up to the task. It must be mechanically sound. The tyres need to be in good condition. Tow hitches must be in good operating order. Have it seen by specialists and listen to their advice.
Plan your trip! Know where you are going to stop for fuel and refreshments. It is important to stop every two hours in order to take a break.
Have all relevant emergency numbers on a handy reference card as well as stored in your cell phone. Teach the kids what to do in the event that they are the only ones conscious after a collision.
Have the following with you in the vehicle: A first aid kit, warm blanket (space blanket may be included in first aid kit), lighter, warning triangle, water, food.
Have a map handy if you will be unfamiliar with the area.

Now let’s focus on us the driver:

In order to keep ourselves safe we need to understand a few things:

Excessive speed does kill! If you have not matched your speed to the surroundings you are in trouble. If you are considerably faster or slower than the traffic around you, you are placing yourself at risk.
Following distance! It needs to be at least 3 seconds between yourself and the vehicle that you are following. Your priority is to get to your destination safely. Our perception that we won’t make progress if we maintain a following distance is nonsense! We keep a following distance to ensure that we have enough time to understand and then react to a hazard calmly. Close the distance at your peril.
Stopping distance! When you are stationary behind another vehicle always ensure you maintain roughly a car length so that in an emergency you can escape easily. Keep checking your rear view mirror.
Scan the road as far ahead as possible to ensure you identify hazards early. The majority of major collisions takes place at intersections, check them thoroughly.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs would obviously increase your chances of being involved in a collision. Don’t do it. At best you may only kill yourself.
Seatbelts should be worn by every occupant in the vehicle. Serious injury can and will occur should the occupants not be belted in and smash into each other. Small children must be in an appropriate child seat. No child may stand on the seats. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Their lives are at extreme risk if they are not belted in.
Talking on the cell phone increases your chances of being involved in a collision by 4 times. Don’t do it.
Give yourself enough time to reach your destination. Take into account their may be road blocks, traffic jams, accident scenes or adverse weather conditions to contend with.

Remember that there are six things that make up the advanced driver:

Concentration – A drop in concentration could be fatal.
Common sense – We know when we are taking risks.
Courtesy – Costs us nothing.
Awareness – Know what is happening around you
Anticipation – Expect the worst and prepare for it
Judgement – Plan the safest action in an emergency (Forget about hand brake turns)

At the end of the day our safety is our responsibility. Don’t put yourself in a position that would place at risk of becoming another statistic. We are not a statistic to those who love us.

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Advanced drivers deserve reduced car insurance premiums!

Advanced-drivers-deserve-reduced-car-insurance-premiumsThe Arrive Alive website has received an email with a link to some amazing driving skills on display! How fewer accidents would we have if all of our drivers undergo advanced driver training?

It is estimated that 80% of drivers regards themselves as “good drivers”. Many have never been confronted with sudden emergency on the roads – and they will most likely lack the necessary skills to avoid the dangers…

What is advanced driving?

Advanced Driving has been described as: “The ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to make reasonable progress unobtrusively, with skill and responsibility. The skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle should always be at the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear.”

We have emphasized on the Car Insurance Blog that you may reduce your accident premiums by focusing on the way that you drive. Many insurance companies will reward the client who can prove that he has made the effort to become a safer driver and is able to present an advanced driving certificate from an accredited driving school or academy.

Driver instructors across the globe aim to raise driving standards by increasing the competence of drivers. Even though most drivers think they are both safer and more skilful than the average driver, in 95% of accidents human error, mainly unsafe driving practices, is the major cause.

Advanced Driving Courses and Tests were designed to contribute to road safety and reduce the likelihood of an accident. By working on the skills of drivers, these drivers re-evaluate their ability to spot hazards early and this leads to safer driving. Advanced drivers are also less prone to the frustrations that lead to road rage.

What are the advantages of Advanced Driving Training for Road Safety?

The most important advantages of Advanced Driver Training are:

  • It makes motorists better, safer and more competent drivers.
  • Drivers will be more confident as their driving will be safer and more systematic.
  • Reduced motoring costs with less wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Usage of the brakes, clutch, gears will be smooth and in sync with the car, and the road.
  • Possible lowering of insurance premiums.
  • Reduced levels of driving stress.
  • Improved fuel consumption

We would like to urge all drivers to enquire about the availability of safe and advanced driver training. You may not only be able to reduce insurance premiums – but also avoid the trauma of serious and fatal accidents!