Safe Driving (Driving 10 -14)
To be a safe driver you do not only have to be a skilful driver but also have a Safe Attitude towards driving. What is a Safe Attitude? You need to be RESPONSIBLE To Yourself & Passengers. Also other Road users, such as Children, the Elderly, People with Disabilities, Cyclists and People in charge of Animals.
Remember you have limitations to your driving and others also have limitations. Remember especially the limits of the elderly and disabled.
You must give 100% of your CONCENTRATION so avoid driving when you are tired or unwell or have something on your mind, such as being angry or worried about something. If you cannot give your full attention remember to give yourself some more time to react. Try not to be distracted by other such as answering or using your mobile phone or trying to tune in your radio while driving.
While driving you need to be prepared to ANTICIPATE others reactions, this is a hallmark of a good driver. You will learn to anticipate the actions of others only through personal experience & by listening to others.
Last and definitely not least you will need to be PATIENT. You have heard that patience is a virtue. No more so than when driving, you need to keep calm restrained and show good judgement.
All this put together creates a SAFE ATTITUDE towards driving, which should then help create a GOOD HABIT towards driving.
Try to keep relaxed show consideration and keep calm, try not to get angry.
You should know how to recognise the different speed limits you will meet on the road. I’ve taken the diagram from the Highway Code to help you remember HC 125
Sometimes it has been said that we have triggers that make us drive faster, sometimes when someone overtakes us when we are already driving at the speed limit or sometimes when we are stuck behind someone driving at 10 mph below the speed limit & we are in a hurry. We all have triggers and we should try to recognise them, and then switch them off so we do not break the law. Good way of not being encourage to break the speed limit would be to give yourself extra time so you reduce the need for speed.
|Type of vehicle||Built-up areas*||Single carriageways||Dual carriageways||Motorways|
|MPH(km/h)||MPH (km/h)||MPH (km/h)||MPH(km/h)|
|Cars & motorcycles(including car derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight)||30(48)||60 (96)||70 (112)||70 (112)|
|Cars towing caravans or trailers(including car derived vans and motorcycles)||30(48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||60 (95)|
|Buses, coaches and minibuses(not exceeding 12 metres in overall length||30(48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||70 (112)|
|Goods vehicles(not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)||30(48)||50 (80)||60 (96)||70† (112)|
|Goods vehicles(exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)||30(48)||40 (64)||50 (80)||60 (96)|