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Even the most experienced drivers are susceptible to hazardous road situations. Keep the family and yourself safe on the roads with these 5 defensive driving tactics.
Category: Miscellaneous Advice
Being a defensive driver is more than just following traffic rules. It means you know how to react in a dangerous situation, use techniques to stay safe and reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Every driver looks forward to a No-Claims Discount (NCD) on car insurance premiums. A higher NCD means lower running costs of owning a vehicle at the end of the day. Who doesn't want that?
Here are some tips on how you can achieve that.
1. Adopt correct driving positions
Adopting correct driving positions will ensure that you are in the optimal spot to react in any hazardous situation.
Check that your:
- Seat is adjusted to the correct height
- Right leg is bent slightly
- Arms are not fully extended when gripping the steering wheel
- Shoulder blades are in contact with the back of your seat
- Headrest is adjusted such that your ears are in line with the middle of the headrest
- Seatbelt is strapped on before driving off
2. Maintain a safe distance
Keeping a safe distance between you and the car ahead will give you ample time and space to respond to emergency situations.
Use the three-second rule as a guide to ensure that you have adequate space in front of you - count how many seconds it takes for you to pass the same spot as the vehicle in front of you. It should be three seconds. If you count less than three seconds, slow down.
3. Control your speed
This point might be a little self-explanatory, but you'd be surprised how often people disregard their speed on the roads.
Be constantly aware of your vehicle's speed and the speed limits of the road you are on. Remember to adjust your speed based on road conditions such as bad weather, traffic and roadblocks.
During normal driving conditions, keep pace with the flow of traffic and vehicles around you.