Have you got any good or bad driving habits? One hand on the wheel, maybe you think other motorists are psychic and never bother to indicate or maybe you hog the middle lane on the Motorway.
Well,The RAC is putting motorists’ good nature to the test, with a quiz to reveal driving habits that tell all.
The quiz will reveal who the most commendable roadside heroes are, asking some
fascinating questions to understand the type of drivers that grace our roads.
Some say that there are only three types of a driver on the road,The Driver, the Good One and the rest.The qualities of a good driver are specific to who you ask,one very good example is that you have to be able to hop into any vehicle and have the same or more confidence.
For others it is specifics,smooth acceleration and braking, avoiding clutch driving,no noisy horn honking, learning to park vehicles properly, respecting other road users.The list is endless and highly subjective.
A recent report recommended several ways that you can be a better driver.Good drivers should always know what speed they should be driving at.It’s not always straightforward but the simple rule is that if there are no signs they you should stick to thirty miles per hour.
A good driver should always focus on the road, seems obvious doesn’t it but that text,that phone call, that argument, it only takes a second to lose your concentration.The best drivers will also avoid fiddling with stereos or satnavs, or allowing their minds to wander.
Thirdly take notice of that sign on the Motorway, Tiredness can kill-Take a break.A recent survey found that sixty three per cent of British motorists do not take effective breaks while travelling long distances. One in twenty admit to never stopping at all, and twenty eight per cent say they keep driving even when they are tired because they want to press on to their destination.
Quite remarkably one in ten drivers have admitted to nodding off at the wheel.The advice is,if you feel tired, stop, drink a strong cup of coffee or energy drink and take a 20-minute nap.
Now the question of alcohol and drugs.
In 2016 240 people were killed, 1,260 were seriously injured and there were
over 9,000 casualties in total in drink drive accidents. Although the level of drinking and driving has dropped dramatically over the last three decades, over 200 people are still killed in drink drive accidents every year.Despite 30 years of drink drive education and enforcement, over 70,000 people are still caught drink driving annually.
The maximum blood alcohol limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (80mg/100 ml). In Scotland, it was lowered to 50mg/100ml blood on 5 December 2014. In Northern Ireland, the limit is the same as in England and Wales, but there are plans to lower it.
The 80mg/100ml limit was based on evidence that the likelihood of a road accident rises sharply at and above that level. However, the evidence also showed that most drivers are impaired and their risk increases below this limit.