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Safer Driving


Driving Tips
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• When driving on a motorway try to keep your distance not only from the car in front but also from the car behind. If you do get a ’tailgater' then wave them past a nd try to keep the space in front and behind your vehicle clear

• Never assume you know what another driver is going to do. The best attitude is probably to assume that they will do the worst thing they can do. Expect them to pull out in front of you or carry on in a straight line when they are indicating.

• If you hear an ambulance, police car or fire engine coming don't do anything other than pull to the kerb and stop. It is much harder for the emergency service vehicle to navigate the traffic if that traffic is still moving whatever its intentions are. They will always find a way through if everybody just stops and waits.

• The general rule of thumb when pulling out into traffic is not to make anyone have to adjust their speed. If they have to brake, swerve or slow down then you have pulled out infront of them. There may not have been a collision but road rage could result.

• Avoid aggressive drivers. If someone cuts you up ignore it. Nothing is worth the possible results of a road rage inccident. Remember that man who was stabbed and died? For what?...

• Get to know the power and acceleration of your car. Don't discover it when you first come to overtake. Insurance companies can penalise you for having a fast car but I think that it can get you out of trouble to have that extra bit of power to get you out of a tight situation.

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