Keep a Safe Following Distance

“Keeping a safe following distance will put you and the driver in front of you at ease. It is vitally important to keep a safe following distance and to comply with the indicated speed limits as this gives you the time you need to safely react to a situation and avoid a potential accident,” says…

Preventing Drowsiness

Driving on long journeys is often more hazardous than negotiating busy city streets. With little to do, boredom sets in, which in turn leads to drowsiness. Symptoms to watch out for are: yawning, heavy eyelids, spasmodic jerks of the body and your vehicle wandering off the road. The following tips could help prevent such symptoms:…

Travelling with Children

Long distances Driving long distances is tedious for children, so a long drive should be planned to include rest stops, toys, games and refreshments.   Car sickness Babies and adults rarely suffer from travel sickness in motor cars, and the driver, who is fully occupied, is the least prone to it. But car sickness particularly…

Beware of Other Drivers

Together with darkness and rainy conditions, other road-users may be regarded as one of the most common hazards. Learn to recognise potentially dangerous drivers and keep clear of them. No matter how severely you may be provoked resist the temptation to retaliate – it may result in anything from a collision to a shooting match.…

Driving at Night

The AA says that because of reducing traffic flow, fewer accidents occur after dark than during daylight, but the proportion of fatalities is higher. The factors most commonly associated with night accidents are fatigue, inattention, the influence of liquor and reduced visibility. Depth perception is also reduced, resulting in impaired judgment and delayed reflex actions.…

Driving in Wet Weather

Switch on your vehicle’s headlights. Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering movement. Sudden stops and turns may cause skidding. Allow extra distance for braking. Your car needs more distance to stop on wet roads. Increase your following distance. Allow at least 4 to 8 seconds between your car and the car in front of you.…