Ensuring your competence in split-second road decisions is absolutely imperative if you hope to stay confident in your driving safety. No road accident is telegraphed for a long time before it happens. Almost always, a small error can lead an accident that no one could have predicted. It might be a moment of ignorance from a driver, difficult weather conditions, or simply a tyre blowing out that could cause an unwanted interaction on the road.
The best bulwark against these issues is the ability to react to them immediately. When making split-second road decisions, it’s not simply the use of quick reflexes that can help you here. Often, you will be backed up by a range of important and necessary preparations. The following tips are sure to help you with this, and could potentially avoid a dangerous road situation.
Never Drive Impeded
Never drive impeded. What we mean by this is very simple. It’s absolutely critical that you stay aware of your actions on the road, and have the capacity to view other drivers road habits with a clinical and immediate eye. This means swearing an oath to yourself to never drive with a hangover, to never drive under the influence in the slightest, and to keep watchful observance of your mental and physical health as driving safety precautions. It also means keeping an eye on your energy levels, as this can be the biggest killer of drivers looking to cover long distances in a rush.
The term ‘plan your journeys’ sounds so cliche, and mostly for the reason that we have heard this since childhood. However, the advice given to children is often the most practical and resoundingly true. Why should this be any different in adult life? Knowing your route, what roads you hope to take, and when you hope to drive will allow you to contribute your best self to the journey.
Let’s us an example to illustrate this importance. Consider that you’re driving on the highway, and a large truck in front of you suffers tyre damage. As they screech to a halt, an opening appears on your right to maneuver into quickly. Which version of yourself would you like to be present here? The well rested, well planned, aware and calm driver? Or the driver dealing with being late, with being hungover, or simply tired?
Test Your Brakes
The most important part of driving is being able to maneuver your vehicle exactly how you mean to. If the tuning is off, your driving equipment is faulty, or your brakes are unresponsive, you’ll find that no matter how quick you decide to take action, the results will be difficult. Testing your brakes is as simple as ensuring you keep the right amount of brake fluid, that you can come to a halt within a relatively good amount of time (the particulars of this expected timing will often be on your car manufacturers website or manual.) Be sure to invest in auto maintenance tools such as a brake bleeder tool. When an accident is about to happen and you can predict this, it pays to have the tools to negotiate with the road situation.
Brush Up On Driving Theory
It’s important to ensure that your driving theory knowledge is refreshed, constantly updated, and near encyclopedic. This sounds like an intense requirement, but it’s better than the opposite attitude to keep. Often, after passing our driving exams, we are not required to contribute any more proof of our road knowledge. It only becomes apparent to the government and by extension ourselves that we are lacking in this when forced to attend a new road safety class after being involved in some form of incident.
Of course, this is never an ideal method of finding out you could have been a better driver. Instead, ensuring that you brush up on your driving theory from time to time could prove useful. This could be as simple as skimming through the highway code before a long journey, or looking up the meaning behind a rare sign you have come into contact with, but were unable to decipher.
Also, everyone knows the weak spots they have regarding road knowledge. It becomes apparent when we question even in the least the meaning of a certain marking. This might be an odd chevron, a strange sign or even some odd road habits you witnessed being followed by more people than should be suspicious. Ensure that you fill these weak spots, because in the long term they could help inform the split second decision to avoid or prevent starting a road accident.
With these responsible efforts, you will find that you become a great driver, from the long journeys to the second-long situational difficulties that might occur.