Most driving instructors say that your hands tend to follow where your eyes are looking so changing radio stations takes a few seconds and you are probably not looking at the road in front of you. Dialling on your mobile triples the risk of an accident. Reaching for something increases it by 9 times! Sending an SMS leaves yo 23 times more likely to have an accident. If you put your phone in the glove compartment until you finish your journey this will remove the temptation to use it.
Having your lights switched on
A study conducted in 1995 found that driving with headlights on during daylight hours reduced collisions with other vehicles by almost 11%
Save Your Clutch
Don’t administer the clutch pedal too early before you are going to change gear this will give extra length to the life of your clutch thus save you money on the long run.
Having your hand placed properly on the steering wheel
Put your hands so your thumbs wrap around the wheel connecting with your fingers this can save you hurting your hands in an accident if the wheel got turned very quickly and don’t grip the wheel too tightly.
Looking both ways
Look left then right then left again, look out for motorcycles, 40% of accidents involving cars happen at junctions, 22% of these are fatal.
How to drive through corners
The famous Jim Clark used the same 4 words all the time whilist instructing at the BMW Performance Driving School.
“Slow in, fast out” As you approach and before actuallt entering the corner get rid of as much speed as possible via braking and gears whilst stll in a straight line.
As you exit the corner you can accelerate and this is the quickest and best way to take on corners.
Using your headrest
Before you set off, sit straight lift your head as high as possible and press it back into the headrest. Now keep it there for a few seconds, then relax and do this procedure 5 times, this helps to improve the neck muscles and keep your back straight which is good for the spine and reduces neck strain.