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Driving Style and Safety

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 1 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Driving Style And Safety

Your driving style can have a big impact on driving safety, both for yourself and others. There are several things that you can alter to make your driving style more safe. Adopting a safe driving style is something that you can easily do on a motoring budget. This article offers advice on driving safety in relation to your driving style.

Smooth Driving

This is one of the most important aspects of motoring, regardless if you are restricted to a motoring budget or not. For driving safety, you should ensure that you are not aggressive on the accelerator or brakes, as this can cause your vehicle to speed up or slow down quicker than you are prepared for. This can easily result in an accident.

Driving in Queuing Traffic

Many accidents happen in slow-moving traffic jams as drivers are too keen to stay close to the vehicle in front so that they can move off as quickly as possible. This, combined with aggressive driving techniques can cause collisions. If you don't intend to overtake the vehicle(s) in front of you or it is impossible to do so, you should maintain a gap of at least several seconds. This gives you enough time to react to anything that might happen in front of you.

Motorway Driving

When you first join the motorway, you should match the speed of vehicles that are already travelling on the motorway so that you don't pose a safety threat. The slip road is an ideal opportunity to increase your speed to do this. If you prefer to decrease your speed once your position on the motorway is fully established for fuel economy purposes, you can then do so. Whatever speed you choose to do, make sure that you stick to this consistently to avoid causing confusion to other drivers. If you car has cruise control, this is useful for motorway driving.

Use the right hand lane for overtaking. This is usually (but not always) the lane with the least traffic in it as it is mostly used for exiting the motorway on the outbound slip road.

Keep a close eye on what other drivers are doing. This is important on any type of road but even more so on the motorway. As vehicles tend to be travelling at higher speeds, the time in which you have to react to a dangerous situation is less. If you leave a safe gap between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, you can significantly increase the time that you have to react, especially if the driver in front of you has to brake unexpectedly.

If you haven't maintained a reasonable gap, you may not have enough time to slow down without braking sharply. As well as being dangerous, this has a negative effect on your car's fuel economy and contributes to damage caused by wear and tear.

A motoring budget does not stop you from driving safely. Most of the time, a safe driving style will cost you less money on fuel and repairs in the long-term.

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