What Makes a Good Driver
No matter how efficient your car is it’s the driver that determines if it is a safe vehicle. A driver’s attitude and skill level effect how safe the use of a car is. Being able to drive yourself from A to B is a wonderful privilege to have but it’s also a massive responsibility and driving responsibly and safely is something that should be taken very seriously.
Having the correct attitude and behaving the right way behind the wheel are the main things needed to becoming a good driver. Other attributes needed are good concentration, anticipation, patience and having confidence.
In today’s driving conditions having good concentration is a prerequisite. You must be alert and concentrated at all times when behind the wheel of your car. Lose concentration even for a moment and the chances of making a mistake is increased massively and mistakes often lead to accidents.
You should avoid driving if you’re feeling tired, unwell, upset, angry or suffering from stress. If you have a sat nav or mobile phone you must not use these while you are driving. If you have to use them you should find a safe place and park up first. All of these things can affect your concentration levels and should be taken very seriously when it comes to driving.
Good anticipation in driving means planning in advance and acting swiftly to deal with the dangers around you. Having a good reaction time comes with experience and will stand you in good stead when becoming a good driver. When in your car you need to continually question the drivers and situations around you. Being alert helps you to not get taken by surprise and can prevent some accidents from happening.
Having patience is another skill worth having when it comes to driving. Everyone drives differently and some drivers have more experience than others. This difference in skill and experience can sometimes lead to certain things happening on the road that can make us as drivers angry but getting wound up and angry can also end up with an accident. The key is to be patient at all times and be prepared to make allowances for other peoples mistakes. It’s in everyone’s best interests.
Confidence is an attribute worth having when driving but it can also be a problem especially with new drivers because it can turn in to over confidence. Over confidence often leads to carelessness on the roads and carelessness can result in an accident.
Having good habits and being a thoughtful driver can help to ensure that you arrive safely to your destinations. If another driver upsets you with their bad driving try not to react. If you find that its affecting you then slow down and calm down or take a break because it’s at these times that you’re at your most vulnerable and all of your good habits and skills become reduced and an accident is most likely. You should always be prepared for other peoples bad driving and bad attitudes on the road.
Remember, the calmer you are and relaxed you are the better you will drive.