From a technological point of view, cars are quite safe. It’s only when you involve the human element that they become lethal machines. Sometimes it’s down to human error, and other times it’s because we find it difficult to obey a few of the rules and techniques needed to adequately operate a car. Like speed limits or using an indicator.
To teach you a few tricks on how to improve your driving skills, here are a few advanced driving tips that are easy to follow and simple to execute in an emergency situation.
- Look far.
Most of us tend to focus on the car that’s immediately in front of us. We should, however, be looking at the farthest piece of road ahead. Why? Because it sharpens your sight and gives you a wide view of everything beyond the horizon, from left to right.
- Driving around the bend.
How you position your body in your seat plays a big role in how safely you can handle a bend. It’s important not to sit too far away from the pedals and not have your legs fully straightened out. Not only does this give you more control, but it protects you against hip injuries if you crash.
- Don’t brake if you have a tyre blowout.
In a tricky driving moment, many of us will hit the brakes. Most of the time, it’s the right thing to do because modern cars have ABS (anti-lock braking system). But you shouldn’t slam brakes in every situation, like when you have a tyre blowout…
This could lead to fishtailing or flipping your car, maybe into oncoming traffic. Instead, keep your foot away from the brake and lightly hit the accelerator. Take this moment to stay calm, drive straight in your lane, and let your car slow down a bit before you pull away totally from the accelerator. Then you can pull over onto the side of the road.
- A safety net.
You can control how you drive, but not others. That means that you’re still vulnerable to things going wrong, from a crash to a small prang.
It just makes sense to give yourself and your car a safety net that is affordable and effective. Take the super affordable, comprehensive car insurance offering from King Price. With premiums that decrease monthly to correspond with the depreciating value of your car and the freedom to choose the excess that best suits your budget, you can ensure that if the worst should happen… You’ve got a pro at your side to help you get through the hard parts.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) July 13, 2016