Safe Driving Tips
A few good things to be reminded of… and maybe even a few tips you didn’t know about!
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Safe driving on the motorway
- Always observe motorway speed limits.
- Indicate well in advance before overtaking or changing lanes.
- Don't turn suddenly or you may lose control of your car and roll over.
- Take regular breaks. Don't drive while tired.
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Safe driving at night
- Give your eyes some time to adjust to the light and shadows.
- Tilt your rear view mirror slightly to reduce the dazzling effect of the car headlights behind you or change to night setting, if your rear view mirror has this option.
- Don't look directly at the headlights from cars travelling in the opposite direction.
- Don’t drive too fast: visibility is reduced at night, making it hard for you to see the road ahead.
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Safe driving in fog
Visibility deteriorates in fog:
- Turn on your dipped headlights and fog lights.
- Reduce your speed and refrain from overtaking.
- Leave enough time to react in an emergency by keeping a safe braking distance from the vehicle in front.
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Safe driving in wind
- Reduce your speed. Be prepared to stop at any time.
- Close all windows. An open window can attract airborne particles like dust that can affect visibility.
- Keep an eye out for people or debris being blown onto the road.
- Be aware that people may not hear your horn in very windy conditions.
- If you’re carrying cargo on your vehicle, make sure it’s tied down securely.
- Be very careful passing high-sided vehicles especially in exposed areas or on bridges.
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Safe driving in mountainous areas
- Prior to setting off, check your brakes; test them and check the brake fluid.
- Carry the tools necessary in case you break down.
- Check the condition of your spare tyre: the appropriate pressure is especially important.
- Carry extra food, appropriate clothing and emergency aids.
- Check the weather and road conditions in the mountain area and choose your route wisely.
- Tell at least one other person where and when you are travelling and when you are due back so they can alert the emergency services if you don't return on time.
- Sound your horn in advance if your view is blocked during cornering.
- Drive carefully and slow down in turns, especially when your view is blocked.
- Never speed or overtake on sharp bends where you may not be able to see oncoming vehicles.
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Safe driving in mud
Simple ways to decide if you can get across the mud:
- When there’s heavy mud on the road or if you’re driving off-road, stop your vehicle and inspect the hardness and depth of the mud before driving through it.
- Observe the tyre tracks of other vehicles to gauge the depth and consistency of the mud.
- Determine the type of vehicles that have left the track from the sizes and widths of the track. Use that information as a basis for deciding if you can get across.