The number of people on the road in the UK is rising, but according to government statistics, the rate of accidents is increasing even faster. That means it is important for us to take steps to become safer in our cars. Here are eight steps to follow to become a better driver.
- Adopt a better position on the steering wheel
Many drivers keep their hands in the classic ‘10 and 2’ position on the wheel – referring to the position of hands on a clock. However, in recent years it has been suggested that ‘9 and 3’ would be a better place for your hands. It allows muscles to relax, leaves you feeling more comfortable and gives you more control over the car.
- Stop speeding
Be honest with yourself – how often do you exceed the speed limit? Once a month? Once a week? Every day? Speeding is something that almost every driver is guilty of at some point, and for many, it is virtually standard practice to drive everywhere above the legal limit. But the truth is that speed limits are in place for a reason – they keep you, other road users and pedestrians safe. Make an effort to reduce your speed and stay within the limit.
- Rid your car of distractions