Safe driving is no accident
are planning to offer an introduction to advanced driving here.
driving can save more lives than dumb speed enforcement.
While the main manual is in preparation
we offer some advice on the following topics:
Speed, Surprise and Space
- Learn from your mistakes new
Learning from your mistakes sounds so very
obvious. But here are some facts every driver should know.
Sometimes you might be able to recognise a
mistake, know the solution and hence avoid making the same mistake again.
Sometimes it will be more difficult and you will need professional or advanced
training. Advanced training need not be expensive, and you might consider
joining the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Every time you make a mistake; even a minor
one; that mistake can become an incident or an accident
Around one in five driving incidents is an
accident, or to put it another way; incidents are warnings of accidents
Almost all accidents can be avoided by any
of the drivers involved
You can avoid almost all accidents if you
get training and hone your skills.
But if you make mistakes or have incidents
or accidents without correcting the behaviour you are at far greater than
average risk of repeating the mistake and having an accident. Almost all
accidents are fortold by incidents.
So pay close attention to your own mistakes
and incidents. Consider keeping a diary to note down incidents. Recognise
how you were at fault or how you might better have avoided someone else's
mistake, and do whatever it takes to ensure it does not happen again.
But how do you recognise an incident? Here
are some examples:
Basically if something extraordinary happens
it's probably the result of your mistake and can be effectively prevented
with further training.
Emergency braking. It does not matter if it
seems to have been the other person's fault. If you have had to do emergency
braking it is your fault.
Emergency steering. For example swerving around
another vehicle to avoid hitting it. Your fault again.
Sudden surprises. Another vehicle appears
"out of nowhere" and gives you a shock. This is your observation failure.
Your vehicle skids. You made a mistake with
the controls or misjudged the vehicle or the road surface. Go for skid
pan training and learn all about skidding.
So learn from your mistakes. Become a better
driver and be safe.
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