Four Tips for Drivers for Safer Driving
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 01 September 2017
Road Safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to learn from their mistakes at the wheel to better protect themselves and others. They feel that taking the time to reflect on such dangerous moments will reduce any future risks.
“We are all familiar with those ‘oops factor’ moments,” said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth, “where no harm was actually done but where we came close to disaster. We’re encouraging drivers to set aside time to think about their own particular ‘oops factor’ moments.”
GEM has produced four simple tips for drivers to think about at the end of their journeys, setting aside a few moments to think about why it happened.
1) Think about risk on journeys. This risk could come from a dangerous stretch of road, from adverse weather, an unwise choice of speed or from a lack of focus on the driving task.
2) Expect the unexpected. This is especially true on familiar stretches of road. Keep your guard up, anticipate what could happen and stay ahead of the situation, rather than having to react urgently.
3) Eliminate the word ‘suddenly’ from your driving vocabulary. By identifying all the possible areas of risk, you can adapt and update your speed and position to keep yourself away from trouble.
4) Learn from mistakes. You’re sure to be familiar with the ‘oops factor’; the realisation that a risky moment just happened. Take time later to think about why that moment happened. Did you fail to see another vehicle? Did you misjudge distance or speed? Did you gamble with a changing traffic light? Most important, what different action could you take next time to reduce the risk?
“We all make mistakes; but unfortunately, a lot of us look to blame everyone or everything else – making it difficult or impossible to learn,” acknowledges Worth. “That short period of reflection may be all that’s needed to identify the reason, and to adapt techniques of observation or concentration in order to prevent a similar situation happening again.”