It’s estimated that in the UK alone there are 45.5 million people who hold driving licences. This is over half the population, even if a lot of them rarely actually drive. It illustrates just how much we rely on cars in our day to day lives. But, it also means the roads can get very crowded, particularly when the weather hits the extremes.
This heightens the risk of accidents and injuries for many drivers. And it’s easy to think that it won’t happen to you, but there’s a very real chance it could. So, you need to take steps to make sure you are safe and secure when you’re on Britain’s roads. This is sometimes easier said than done because you can’t legislate for what other drivers are going to do. But, as long as you can do as much as possible to ensure you are safe you will reduce the likelihood of you getting into an accident.
Take More Lessons
Sometimes we can benefit from going back to basics. When it comes to improving safety on the roads you may wish to take extra lessons, or, even, take your test again! Driving laws are changing on a regular basis, and you need to keep up to date with these changes. The longer you’ve been driving, the more bad habits you will have picked up. You’ve probably gotten a bit rusty when it comes to observing and following safety procedures. You may not know this, but over 1,500 whiplash injury claims are made in the UK each year. You would like to avoid having to make a claim yourself where possible. So go back and brush up; your car and your insurance will thank you for it later
Warm up the Car in Winter
A lot of people make the mistake of trying to start their car up on an icy winter’s morning and drive away. This is not a good idea, and can often lead to problems with the vehicle, breakdowns, or crashes. So, you need to make sure you do whatever it takes to get the car prepped for taking on the cold. This means warming the engine up for around 10 minutes before driving off. It also means getting ice off the windshield and making sure the vehicle is in a fit state to drive.
Leave Early on Long Journeys
Have you ever noticed that when the weather is nice, the roads become gridlocked? Ever been on the M25 in the height of summer? There’s a reason it’s nicknamed The Car Park! A good way of keeping safer on our roads is to avoid heavy traffic. Especially when you are going on a long journey in good weather. The best thing to do is to leave early to embark on your trip. That way you miss a lot of the traffic and chaos that can sometimes occur. The later you leave it, the worse it’s going to get. So plan your journey the night before and make sure you leave early.
Keep a Level Head When You Choose Your Car
Another important part of staying safe is keeping a level head when you choose your car. You might have your heart set on a dream car, but there are dream cars that are a total nightmare. So, you need to follow your head rather than your heart and make sure you choose a safe, practical and reliable vehicle.
As you can see, there is quite a lot you can do to stay safe on the roads. It’s so much better to prevent accidents from happening than dealing with the fallout from them. So use these ideas to help you become a safer driver on the roads of Britain.