Drive with caution
Never assume that another driver will drive sensibly on the road, some people make mistakes and some people are bad drivers.
If you are feeling stressed, stop somewhere and take a break. Getting angry with other drivers will just distract you from driving safely. Bad drivers are a fact of life, if you come across one just keep your distance and don’t let them spoil your day.
Don’t rush or be impatient
If you are late for something don’t take risks just to save a few seconds – it’s not worth it. Keep to the speed limits and don’t overtake unless you have to. Don’t intimidate slower drivers by flashing your lights or tailgating them.
Don’t be distracted
Concentrate on driving not on your passengers, sat nav, cd player etc. If your mobile phone rings, indicate and pull over in a safe place, if you miss the call just call them back! If you find your concentration wandering, you may be tired. Stop somewhere have a coffee and a rest.
Look out for pedestrians
Be alert and watch out for pedestrians in urban areas on country roads where they may not be a footpath. Watch out for children emerging from between parked cars.
Look out for motorbikes, scooters and cyclists
Small vehicles like motorbikes and scooters are easily missed. Take extra care at junctions and when changing lanes check your blind spot. If you want to overtake a bike allow plenty of space because they may swerve or wobble. If there isn’t enough space to pass safely, wait.
Look out for animals
Take care on country roads to watch out for horses and their riders. Pass them wide and slow. Be wary of smaller animals in the road, but remember that you should only try to avoid them if it does not put you or another road user in danger.
Respect the speed limits and the weather conditions
Always drive within the speed limits. If you are driving at speed you are less likely to be able to stop in time if you come across an unexpected hazard. Always drive at a speed that is appropriate for the weather conditions if you want to avoid having an accident. Stopping distances will increase significantly if the road surface is wet or icy, and reduce your speed in foggy or conditions where visibility is reduced.
Be aware of whats around you
Ensure that you are aware of whats going on around you at all times. Remember to check your mirrors and signal before moving.