Being a safe driver

 

Being a safe driver. 

Upon passing your test I have no doubt you will be chomping at the bit to get out and drive here there and everywhere, this is great, keep practicing. Remember to practice and put in to action all that your instructor has taught you. So many people pass their test and forget the most important and fundamental rules of the road.

  • Keep checking your mirrors: good observations can save lives!
  • Observe and stick to the speed limit for the road you are on!
  • Make sure you and your car are in tip top condition before hitting the road!

Here are some statistics I have learned recently which I hope you will take on board

In 1966 the year I believe England won the world cup, in that year there were 16 million vehicles registered. In that year there were 7985 fatalities caused by road traffic accidents. As well as the fatalities there were 24101 serious injuries. The good news is since 1966 our cars have got better (more expensive) but safer too. In 2016 there were 36 million registered vehicles and 1792 fatalities. A report was done on what kind of roads where you more likely to encounter an accident:-

Rural 23%

Urban 72%

Motorway 5%

Another interesting statistic is that 93% of accidents are caused due to human error.

Stopping distances

Did you know that when traveling at 30mph it will take you 23 meters to stop, this is taking in to account the thinking and braking distance 9 meters and 14 meters respectively. Some people will think ahhh 35mph, that’s not going to make much difference. The stopping distance at 35mph is 29.5 meters that’s another 6.5 meters further you will travel to stop, imagine what you could be needing to do that emergency stop for….is that extra 5mph really worth it?

See here a table for all stopping distances

A report was done based on fatalities of pedestrians and at what speed the car was traveling at:-

At 20 mph less than 1% of people hit by a car ended in fatality

30mph = 7%

35mph = 18%

40mph = 31%

Don’t forget to COAST:-

  1. concentration
  2. Observation
  3. Anticipation
  4. Space
  5. Time

Drive safe

 

Michelle Partington

Customer Support Manager