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Driving safely is not as simple as passing your driving test. It’s something that is learnt and picked up over time, and that eventually becomes habit. Once you start making the effort to take extra precautions and follow rules, you will, over time, just do them without even thinking. With the number of road accidents increasing by the day, it is more important than ever to develop awareness regarding safe driving to avoid harming both yourself and others and getting involved in any nasty car accident claims.

Whether you are a learner or an experienced driver, you can never be too safe on the road. It is easy for long term drivers to become complacent and carefree in their road habits, however it is things like this that cause unexpected crashes and accidents. However confident you feel on the road, making note of the following Safe Driving Guide will help protect you, your passengers and those around you.

1. Look out for cyclists

Cyclist accidents and deaths are becoming increasingly common and usually happen as a result of drivers being careless, not keeping an eye out for them or simply not knowing what to do when a cyclist is on the road. Give the cyclist an adequate amount of space and slow down when you get near to them. Getting impatient and driving your car close to them will only cause them to panic and act irrationally, and remember, they have little in the way of protection, while you have your car.

2. Avoid driving when tired

Tiredness is one of the most common causes of car accidents and road related deaths. If you are very tired, do not risk falling asleep at the wheel. Take a taxi or call a friend, relative or co-worker to pick you up.

3. Abide by mobile phone laws

Using your mobile phone whilst driving is illegal for a reason. It is incredibly distracting and could cause you to miss important noises or warning signs, for example an ambulance or police car that needs to get through quickly.

4. Stay within the speed limit

For everyone’s safety, don’t speed. As well as causing deadly accidents, it could also result in you getting in trouble with the law.

5. Keep calm at all times

Don’t let yourself get stressed out while driving, even if another driver aggravates you, as a clear and rational mind is vital when on the road. If you’re concerned about road rage, don’t be afraid to seek professional help or advice to get it under control.

6. Don’t drive under the influence

Always use a taxi or public transport if you are under the influence of drink or drugs. This is an obvious one, but many accidents are caused by people who think it will be harmless to drink and drive once.

Be sure to avoid skipping traffic lights too, regardless of how much of a rush you are in. This could cause numerous problems, especially with the law. Always stay focused and alert on the road and be prepared for the sudden appearance of another car, a cyclist or a pedestrian.

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