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Driving Tips 


Take better bends

As you approach a bend the first assessment to make is how sharp is it and is your speed appropriate? If you get this wrong you could skid or lose control. One easy way to take bends safely is to use limit point analysis. The limit point is the point at which the right and left hand sides of the bend meet and is the most distant point of the bend you can see. To use this technique as you approach a bend, make sure that, if needed, you can stop before you reach the limit point. Then ask yourself is the limit point getting further away? If it is and you can see further ahead then your speed is fine. If it is getting closer you should continue to reduce your speed until the limit point begins to move with you and your view opens up again. Remember the golden rule of bend taking – you must be able to stop, on your side of the road, in the distance you can see to be clear.


Car horn 

In some countries drivers use their car horns almost continuously. In the UK it’s illegal except to avoid a potentially dangerous situation as your horn can be distracting and antisocial. According to the Highway Code you may only use your horn while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively, even if you are not at fault and a pedestrian or other road user acts dangerously. Sounding your horn in anger is illegal and you could be fined.  you should never use your horn while in a built-up area between 23:30 and 07:00.


Driving when on your own 

More young women now take the driving test than young men and combined with changes in lifestyles and work, many more women now drive alone, over greater distances and at night.

For this reason, it’s good to be prepared, so consider these tips:

  • The golden rule – never run out of fuel, so keep your tank topped up
  • Keep your car serviced – don’t leave yourself vulnerable to a breakdown
  • Breakdown cover is a great investment – have peace of mind and security, even if you don’t use it.
  • Sign up to a trusted breakdown service like the AA or RAC as they always prioritise women driving alone
  • Keys at the ready – have your keys ready as you approach your car – don’t wait until you reach it to search for them; and avoid using the remote unlocking until you’ve reached the car.
  • Lock the doors once you’re in and while you drive
  • Park in an area surrounded by other vehicles
  • Asking for directions – keep going until you find somewhere you feel safe and well lit, like a garage or fast food restaurant
  • Keep your mobile phone charged – an in-car mobile charger is a great idea. If you breakdown, or get lost, summon help quickly from a trusted source
  • Emergency kit – keep a coat, sensible shoes, blanket, torch, some spare money, old fashioned map and chocolate in the car
Driving in the Sun 

We might all be wishing for summer sun but with it comes a serious risk for drivers and their passengers: skin cancer. Drivers of cars with a convertible roof will already be aware of the harmful side effects of the sun’s rays. In the UK, where cars are right-hand drive, the driver’s right sides will be more vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet rays. Cancer Research UK warns that anyone travelling by car over long distances in sunny weather should wear sun cream: ‘Most glass used for windows blocks UVB but not UVA. This means that although glass might reduce the risk of sunburn, it does not prevent long-term damage from UVA. So, if you are driving long distances every day, you need to make sure you are using sun protection.’

Car windscreens have to be laminated by law and glass like this usually has an equivalent SPF (sun protection factor) of 50. However, legislation governing side windows isn’t as strict, so side window glass is commonly ‘toughened’ and usually only absorbs 65 per cent of UV rays giving an SPF of around 16 – equivalent to a low grade sun screen. If you drive or travel in an older car, the chances are it won’t have laminated glass and will offer no protection from the sun. According to the NHS, we should apply cream liberally, using two teaspoons for a face and neck area and be prepared to reapply every two hours. So if you’re travelling far, take a break, grab a drink and slap on the sun cream.





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