What a makes a bad driver?
There are millions of drivers on the UK’s roads, all with varying degrees of experience. Whether you have been driving for 40 years or you passed your test last week, the responsibility to drive safely remains the same, and it remains a priority. However, nobody is a perfect driver, and there are a lot of mistakes that are made every day on our roads. This article will look into some of the most common mistakes and errors that are committed by the everyday driver.
Poor attention span
Distractions are everywhere on our roads, from pedestrians walking down the street, to the scenery around us, or in more recent times, the various screens that we have at our disposal. Talking on the phone while driving has long been illegal, but with smartphones being commonplace now, there are now infinitely more ways for our phones to distract us. From browsing social media or using the phone’s camera while driving to take photos/videos of your journey, it is incredibly easy to get distracted, and the results can be fatal.
During a journey of any length, it is important to pay attention to road signs in order to make the correct turns, lane changes and necessary diversions. However, many drivers spend too much time focusing on road signs and this can negatively affect our driving. If you are not focusing on the road, you run the risk of drifting across lanes, which can be incredibly dangerous. Focus on the road directly in front of you, and only glance up at signs as and when you need to.
Irregular tyre checks
There are many checks that should be carried out on your car at regular intervals, some more important than others. A commonly overlooked check for all road vehicles is tyre pressure, and leaving it unchecked for too long can lead to serious consequences. If your tyre pressure is under the limit and your tyres are under inflated, it can cause a loss of grip and stability in your vehicle. If your tyres are overinflated, then the risk of a blowout is greatly increased, which can be disastrous, especially at high speeds. Ensure you check your tyres regularly, and consult the manufacturer’s handbook for the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle.
By ensuring that you take care to minimise these common errors, you can help increase your safety on the roads, and therefore increase the safety of other road users and pedestrians. These small adjustments can be of great benefit to the way you drive.
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