Advanced driving tips that could save your life

In this blog, we look at some of the theory and techniques that advanced driving instructors use to improve road skills. These experts say advanced driving courses teach drivers to control their vehicles in difficult situations, make sure the vehicle is in the right position and to adjust according to the road conditions. Their quest is to minimize the negative effects of a situation and protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Driving instructors’ biggest concerns

Research shows drivers get worse over time: they become increasingly complacent about safety the longer they drive, and human error causes 95% of accidents. The instructor’s main purpose is to improve the driver’s driving standards and skills and correct unsafe driving practices. Advanced driving instructors help drivers to spot hazards early and take corrective action. Good drivers anticipate events and prepare themselves. You have to be ready for a driver who doesn’t stop at a traffic light, brakes unexpectedly, or turns without indicating. Part of being road ready also entails judging route and weather conditions and deciding on appropriate action.

Safety first

You can be a safer driver even before you start your engine.

  • Make sure your side windows are fully closed or open. Windows that are halfway open can result in worse injuries in a crash.
  • Lock all of the doors because locked doors are more likely to stay closed in an accident, protecting the people in the car. Locking your doors will also safeguard against carjacking.
  • Always wear a seatbelt and make sure that it is worn in the correct way: the chest belt over your shoulder and the lap belt low on your hips.
  • Be sure to only use the brake with your right foot. Braking with your left foot might result in the brake and accelerator pedal being pressed simultaneously.
  • And keep your hands at 10 and 2 o’clock on the steering wheel, turning it without crossing your arms to ensure that your arms are in the right position for any eventuality.

More advanced techniques

Advanced driving methods can prime drivers for the specific conditions that they’re likely to encounter. They will learn how to prevent their vehicles from skidding in icy or wet conditions, and find out when and how to employ different braking techniques. Escape and evasion strategies like the hairpin turn and the J-turn are also part of the course.

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