Best driving techniques that make your driving safer and cause less wear on the car

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Driving techniques used when traveling about will generally affect your safety and also the wear and tear on the vehicle.

This is all about how to handle your car appropriately and effectively on the road.

Any bad methods can add to stress and increase the chances of an accident in certain situations like heavy traffic on a motorway or freeway.

Good methods will not only reduce stress levels but you’ll be a safer driver to be around when out and about.

Observation and Signals

Good observation and signals to other drivers are part of good driving technique.

Aids to good observation
Local knowledge is one of the best aids to good road observation. Knowing about tricky main road junctions, roundabouts will help greatly.

Town situations needs particular attention and good concentration here is needed to avoid problems.

It is easy to become relatively fixed in focus just straight ahead. Keeping your eyes moving about left and right will help with awareness.

This includes regular glances in your mirrors to keep aware of vehicles coming up behind you!

In town situations remember that people sometimes ignore rules and you may often be undertaken. Many will also make lane changes without the use of signals.

Mirror use is especially important for observation prior to changing lanes for overtaking or turning.

Forecasting from Observations
You can often forecast what is likely to happen from the smallest of observations made. Some good examples are:

A bus at a bus stop – pedestrians are quite likely to step out into the road sometimes unexpectedly from in front of the bus. Slow up here and take extra caution.

Cyclist in front of you looking over their shoulder – chances are he/she is going to want to make a turn so slowing up and leaving some space will help avoid an incident.

Traffic turning ahead – vehicles may emerge across your path from that turning.

Stones, fresh mud or grass on the road ahead – large slow moving vehicles or possibly animals are likely to be moving up ahead.

Glass or debris on the road – likely there has been some sort of accident and pedestrians could still be walking about. People in other cars are likely to be watching the accident scenes and not concentrating on driving. Keep good distances and speed relative to the moving traffic.

Consciously observing and forecasting from these and similar situations will improve your driving technique and road safety.

Bikes, cyclists and pedestrians
These guys are easy to miss basically because they are smaller and less of them around.

Generally when driving the mind is conscious mainly of other cars and trucks.

When traveling about and approaching junctions or turnings keep in mind that this is when you need an extra check for the bike, cyclist or pedestrians.

Best driving techniques that make your driving safer and cause less wear on the car

One particular time to be extra mindful of these guys is in heavy crawling multi lane traffic. Many bikers are knocked off in these situations due to people changing lanes without checking mirrors or taking a quick look over their shoulder first.

Don’t forget to use signals for every turn you need to make or if you are needing to change lane.

Many people forget this and it can become a bad habit but don’t forget other drivers will only know your intended course if you use your turn signal.

Remember to sequence – mirror check first, signal, quick look over shoulder to check the blind spot before turning is an important driving technique.

Use of horn
I’m not a great fan of using the horn regularly, however it can be very helpful in many situations to let others know your there.

Usually a short honk is all your going to need and that way you’ll avoid getting anyone’s back up in the process.

Best uses are:-

As you go around bends on winding narrow roads.

When overtaking if you suspect the driver in the car in front is not aware of your intention. Use the horn if you think unexpected overtaking is likely to disturb him or her.

When you are in someones blind spot and are unable to remove yourself quickly.

In car parks when passing someone who might be reversing or for that matter if you are parking close to a car which itself has just parked. A quick toot here can avoid doors being crunched or similar.

Lane Changes and turning

When changing lanes or turning there are some good driving techniques to help with this.

Check mirrors, blind spots and all around
It could be that a car is in your blind spot and you may need to wait before making a move.

This also covers you for seeing bikes, cyclist or pedestrians who may often run up the inside of you as you are about to turn.

Speed of traffic when changing lanes
Stick closely to the general traffic speed especially on busy multi lane roads.

Don’t brake hard or slow drastically during the lane change as this will confuse other drivers and could cause a crash.

Decelerate and approach turns slowly then accelerate out of the turn
Downshift to a lower gear as you approach and engage the gear before you actually turn.

This helps with car control, you’ll have increased traction and be able to handle the unexpected better throughout the turn.