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Bridgestone 4th May 2018 06:06 AM

One Skill to Improve Your Driving
 

The one skill you should practice that will significantly improve your driving.

One of the most important driving skills for any driver is to be aware, and itís scary just how many drivers aren't. Whether you want to be a faster driver or a safer driver, being aware means that youíre better prepared to anticipate what will happen next and ready to tackle it.

Being aware when driving involves a few different habits that should be practised all the time. The ingredients to being aware can be summed up with the acronym AGKLM, commonly referred to at driving school as All Good Kids Like Milk, and it goes like this:


Aim high when steering. Youíre never going to drive fast if you donít look farther than a few metres in front of the bonnet. Itís important to look ahead and be constantly judging upcoming conditions. As you practise this, youíll find steering input becomes smoother and braking less hard. This is a skill that will always help too, not just when in traffic or tackling an intense mountain pass.

Get the big picture. Create a mental image of where you are in relation to everything around you. Did a sign say the road is about to narrow around the corner and the sun could be in my eyes? Whereís the car I saw in my mirror that could be in my blind spot? Keeping track of other road users and changing conditions in relation to you is an important factor in avoiding accidents and becoming a better driver.

Keep moving your eyes. Amazingly, many road users donít properly correct the mirrors, let alone use them. Make sure you do both and this will feed information into creating a bigger picture of whatís happening around you.

Leave an out. Aggressive drivers donít leave an out so if something does go wrong an accident is almost inevitable - itís better to leave enough space in front of the car so you can react in time and know whatís around you. This also means when enjoying the capabilities of your car that thereís a margin for error, and that a little understeer or oversteer wonít put you into the opposite lane or a tree.

Make yourself visible. Even a road user who is aware might not see you if you sit in their blind spot. Make sure other road users can see you and that you provide proper indication when moving lanes and turning.


Itís a pretty simple set of skills that should be taught to all drivers. But even for competent drivers who want to be fast, this most basic skill is the pathway to smoother steering, acceleration, braking, and to being more confident - ingredients to being quick without sacrificing safety.

Make yourself visible. Even a road user who is aware might not see you if you sit in their blind spot. Make sure other road users can see you and that you provide proper indication when moving lanes and turning.


Have you got a thought on safe driving, or maybe your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments below, or over on our Facebook.


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Kevin 4th May 2018 09:36 AM

My thoughts on safe driving as told to those that I have taught to drive: Keep in mind that everyone else out there is an idiot!

Ratbag 4th May 2018 09:43 AM

Actually, Kevin, I consider them to be homicidal maniacs, out to get me in particular!

I also hope that they view me in exactly the same way.

That way, we might just both survive undamaged ... :poke:

Ben Up North 4th May 2018 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ratbag (Post 100988)
Actually, Kevin, I consider them to be homicidal maniacs, out to get me in particular!

First rule of being a road cyclist - everyone else on the road is actively trying to kill you

That's what my dad taught me and I've passed on to the kids.

Kevin 4th May 2018 08:17 PM

Except us - of course! :lol:

Looks like we're all on the same page!

jf1sf5 5th May 2018 04:50 PM

Aussie drivers are very dangerous, just watch Mad Max and you'll understand !

Kevin 5th May 2018 09:00 PM

^ :lol:

ateday 6th May 2018 02:53 AM

It`s those who sit in my blind spot who annoy me.
The rest I can deal with.
Courtesy,
Consideration
and
Common Sense.

temmah 7th May 2018 04:30 AM

Make your self visable...like using your indicators.

scalman 7th May 2018 04:42 AM

I usr similar approach as to keep in mind that others can be bad drivers so leave them a lot space and allways be ready. Same time it doesnt need that you need to be glued to driving wheel and be too tense. I drive very much relaxed most times same time i see all around.
Its just my exp but i think to have at least light accident with yout car is good thing. After my first accident my driving style changed very much as you understand what happens when you make even small mistake.
Worst thing on road for me its drivers dont keep distance and dont give you any space. I never understood this behaviar. More space = more time to react to something , less distance = almost not possible react to anything.
Bad thing people dont know car that they drive. Take car to remote empty places and try to make it slide , skid, spin wheels, lock brakes with turn lock brakes on straight and such. Learn car then you be better driver on road as you would have understanding how it handles.


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