Why proper driver training is the best

2018-06-07 06:01

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A driver’s licence is a privilege – but no guarantee that the owner will be a safe driver!

Drivers need to work on their driving, improve their skills all the time and seek to gain awareness on those aspects that will enhance their safety and the safety of others on the road.

Go to legal & proper driving school

Therefore it of utmost importance for aspirant drivers to attend to a legal and registered driving school to receive proper and reputable defensive driver training with a proper test so you can benchmark your ability against a credible standard.

They are professionals and will not only show you what bad driving habits you have but how these habits could affect you and other road users.

Make road manners a habit

The major threats to road safety include a lack of self-respect and disregard for the rules of the road.

The Automobile Association (AA) advises that all motorists give way to better road manners. The following is some valuable advice on road safety manners and attitude:

•A motorist is not justified in keeping to the right-hand lane and obliging traffic to overtake him on his left simply because he is driving at the legally-allowed maximum speed.

Another motorist may have a valid reason for exceeding the limit, and to obstruct him unreasonably may lead to the building up of a dangerous situation in which bad temper may overcome good judgment.

•In an emergency switch on your emergency hazard lights as well as your headlights and drive at a safe speed.

•Obey the rules of the road and don’t drive recklessly.

•Although driving in the emergency lane during daylight hours is permitted with certain provisos, following traffic has no right to force traffic ahead to move across the yellow line to allow overtaking - it may be courteous to move over but it places the onus on you to ensure that it is safe to do so.

Bad driving habits

Bad driving habits have two causes: ignorance and apathy.

Ignorance can be rectified by training. Apathy is more complex but arises over time when we have continually taken risks without experiencing any negative consequences, and the shortcutting of proper procedure becomes established routine.

Overconfidence is a common outcome of apathy.

Bad habits are developed over the years of driving. This happens when drivers do not realise these habits may affect them negatively.

Inexperienced drivers normally don’t start with bad habits, however, they may develop over the years if these aren’t addressed early enough.

Therefore, all drivers should have refresher training at least every 2- 3 years, to point out any areas in which they’ve lost their edge and ensure that innate human apathy doesn’t lead to short-cutting of procedures which might eventually kill someone.

Attitude check

Although exterior and interior checks of your car are vital, an attitude check is just as helpful in preventing accidents. These include:

•A tolerance for other road users. Restrain yourself from reacting aggressively to another road user’s aggressive behaviour.

•A realistic view of your own driving abilities.

•Concern for your safety and that of your passengers and other road users.

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