THE KEY TO SAFER DRIVING
READING THE ROAD is the key to safer driving. Road signs and markings are the key safer driving. In any area of life, we can’t make a safe decision without the information. Similarly we take the information we see on the road and make decisions about direction and taking appropriate action.
READING THE ROAD…… APPROPRIATE SPEED
The most difficult part of learning to drive is being independent from supervision. Of course to make safe decisions on the road we must gather information. It is easy to see plenty as we drive but how much of it actually registers? Similarly when we drive the same roads everyday, our brains get used to landmarks and road signs. The signs and markings are all put there for a reason. Safety. We don’t take enough notice of why they are there. Why would the local council spend money on getting someone to erect a road sign or paint markings. In fact they never put in any traffic calming measures unless there is an accident blackspot. Further more parking and waiting restrictions such as double yellow lines are always in places where safety would be compromised if we parked or waited there.
Speed cameras and roadside speed traps, do you think they work? or are they a revenue building exercise? It’s true that traffic calming is necessary. However is it always put in too late? speed cameras are always installed once a total of six people have died on the same stretch of road. It’s true that the number of people is irrelevant because one fatality is too many. The fact remains that speed is the biggest killer on the roads. Learning to judge what appropriate is sounds easier than it is in practice. What one person thinks is slow another think it too fast. But if you see a hazard forming ahead then how can it be wrong to slow down? it can’t.
WHAT YOU DO AFFECTS EVERYONE ELSE ON THE ROAD
If you are reading what is in front of you and reacting to it then the traffic behind and furthermore around you will react better too. If we are rushing around and not really taking in important information then our driving will be reactive instead of proactive. Proactive means that you are avoiding a situation that could escalate into danger. The introduction of the theory test and hazard perception training has helped a great deal, but we can all pay a little more attention. Most accidents happen on roads we already know due to complacency. We all notice more on roads unfamiliar to us. We read the signs so we make sure we stay safe.