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How to Become a Better Driver

Today’s news regarding car crashes and irresponsible driving has become too common. We hear about accidents on radios and are more likely to witness them in our daily travels. We have seen many drunk drivers swerving wildly on the road; sleepy drivers not waking up after a crash; and those careless drivers who can’t put their phones down for a second.

It is alarming to learn that even though there are already deaths happening due to reckless and thoughtless driving, many are still continually acting carelessly on the road. However, it is fortunate that there still good citizens on the road who wish to prevent these situations. They are concerned enough to promote safety and responsible driving. When a person is a good driver, he maintains obedience and maturity on the road, thus accidents do not occur.
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Becoming a Better Driver Comes with Practice and Action

You take off on the road with a very distracted mind. You keep on thinking about the last episode of your favorite series and wonder what will happen next. For quite some time, you are driving while daydreaming. Before you know it, reality hits just as you’ve driven over your neighbour’s lovely pet. Not only do you have to deal with your neighbour’s trauma of losing their pet, but now a quick explanation to justify your actions. When you lack focus, you sometimes find yourself in trouble. To become a better driver, you must have a keen sense of your surroundings. You have to know when to slow down and when to accelerate. You can stay focused by generally observing what is going on around you. Remember, daydreaming is not needed on the road.

Comply to Adjustment

It does not matter what you prefer, you are required to hold the wheel in a certain way to be able to have more stability when steering it. When holding it, follow a 10 and 2 o’clock position or a 9 and 3 o’ clock angle. This gives you a firm grip on the wheel, which makes for steady driving. Furthermore, prior to starting your vehicle, check that the mirrors in your vehicle are in the right position. Having them in the right spot will allow you to see what’s behind you.

Be Aware of Where You Are Driving

Everyone loves to hit the accelerator every now and then and feel the power of their vehicle. But if you are a concerned driver, you would know that you are not the only one on the road. Be aware of the zones in which you are expected to slow down. Limit your speed in places like residential areas, malls, churches and around your neighborhood.

Right State of Mind and Body

Don’t brush off the idea that you are sick, sleepy, drunk, or not in the right frame of mind to drive. Even if you are a seasoned driver, with many experiences on the road, this is still not assurance for you to take a ride. Never trust yourself when feeling off; who knows what might happen on the road when you are not functioning properly.

Respect the Police and Pull Over

As soon as you see the flashing lights behind you, turn on your indicator, look for a safe place to stop, and pull off to the left as soon as possible. If the officer is pursuing someone else, you can let out a breath of relief, knowing you got out of the way. However, if the officer is right behind you, chances are, you’re the one he’s pulling over.
You are now ready to drive!

Author: Mbali Radebe, Control Room Operator – Geotab Africa

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