The August bank holiday is set to be the busiest time of the year with millions setting off on a staycation. This brings a much needed break for many but sadly, for some, the journey may not end as planned.
Here are a few simple tips on safe driving, but not just for August!
R is for reading the road. If you concentrate on the driving task, you will be in a good place to read the changing road situations, and, plane a safe route through hazards.
O is for observation. Make sure you are seeing, not just looking by having an effective scanning technique, that is to scan the road well ahead, the mid and near ground, beside and behind, not forgetting blind spots.
A is for anticipation, the key to safe driving. To help you anticipate, simply ask ‘what if’ to things you see ahead. You will naturally fill in the answers which will lead to better anticipation and a more proactive driving style.
D is for distance, that is, keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. Remember, you need a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on dry roads, but double that distance in the wet.
S is for speed. Speed limits exist for a reason and shouldn’t be ignored and remember, limits are not targets or a safe suggestion of speed, you must decide that based on the prevailing conditions.
A is for away. Put your mobile phone AWAY in the glove box or in a bag behind your seat. Glancing at it for even a split second could have distortions consequences.
F is for fuel. Make sure you have enough fuel for your journey, if not plan your refelling stops, probably time for a comfort freak anyway. If you are driving an electric vehicle, plan recharging stops but have a plan b and c in case plan a is not possible.
E is for ‘extra’ care before setting off on a long journey. Use FLOWER as a reminder of what to check, FLOWER stands for: fuel, lights, oil, water, electrics, rubber (tyres and wipers)
T is for time. Make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey, and for each hazard you encounter, give yourself more time to deal with them by reducing speed, remember, space and time are your best friend!
Y is for yawning. Make sure you’re fully rested before getting behind the wheel especially if you are going to drive long distances. You should take 15-minute break every two hours. Falling asleep behind the wheel could have fatal consequences.
For more tips on how to keep your staff and drivers safe on the roads have a look at our website and don’t forget we also offer a full range of E-learning and face-to-face courses to help keep you and your staff as safe as possible.