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Safe Driving

 A safe driver is a good driver and vise versa. Driving a vehicle requires physical dexterity and co-ordination, very little else. Safe driving requires much more.  Safe drivers have a quiet efficiency in their actions and this derives from:-

  • A high level of concentration
  • Accurate observation
  • The ability to match the speed and direction of vehicles to the situation
  • An awareness of the risks inherent in particular road and traffic situations
  • Actions to keep identified risks to a minimum
  • Skilful use of vehicle controls
  • A good knowledge and application of the Highway Code

 

Many judge a driver by how quickly they react to a dangerous situation, when actually, a safe driver may well have seen the potential hazards that lead to the situation and have  already taken measures that  stop it developing.

The ability to detect hazards that may lead to dangerous situations has to be learnt (just like any other skill) and depends partly on experience.  Experienced drivers should develop an awareness to the indications of possible trouble.  By being aware of these indications they give themselves more time to plan their actions, should the trouble arise or avoid the trouble totally.

Safe drivers have consideration and a constructive attitude to other road users. There is a great deal of potential for conflict on the road without fuelling it further by selfish and aggressive behaviour. Such behaviour increases both their own and other drivers stress levels which increases the risk of collisions. By being tolerant, understanding and considerate you can reduce that risk..  

 

 Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team      

 telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

               

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