Blind Spots for Trucks

It is really important to be aware of the fact that different vehicles will have different blind spots or No-Zones where the driver of that vehicle will not be able to see another vehicle or road obstacle.  This image addresses the blind spots or No-Zones for a large transport truck.  Please look at the image so you can be aware what the driver of a large truck might not be able to see whilst driving in a normal position inside his or her vehicle.


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Stopping Distances in Wet Driving Conditions

As a driving it is imperative that you are aware of the weather and how it can affect driving conditions.  In this article we look at the recommended stopping distances to be aware of in Wet Driving Conditions.

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Stopping Distances - Dry Conditions

When driving one must always consider the weather and how that affects road conditions.

The following are recommended safe driving distances for dry driving conditions.

Dry Driving Conditions Stopping Distances

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Safe Following Distance

The simplest way to protect yourself from an avoidable collision is to leave a suitable space between you and the car in front. Rear end collisions account for over 35% of all accidents in the metropolitan area, and are particularly likely in built up traffic. Although we might like to think that our reflexes are tip top, unfortunately we can't overcome simple physics, and the truth is that cars take time to stop. If you allow a significant space between you and the car in front, you will allow yourself time to react to an unexpected stop ahead, as well as being able to brake more gradually which will, in turn will reduce the the likelyhood of the car following you to be caught completely by surprise and crashing into you! A larger space between cars also allows you to see further ahead as the car in front doesn't block your view as much, allowing you time to see a parked car or bus e.t.c that may be blocking the lane ahead, and giving you time to make a safe lane change. So how much space? a recommended space is 3 seconds, whatever speed you are doing, if you allow 3 seconds then it will allow enough time and space to react. Whatch the car in front of you as it goes over a shadow or line and count three full seconds (I.E 1 banana...2 banana 3 Banana...)and you should pass over the same spot after the third second. Give it a go, you may find it a bit more relaxing when driving in heavy traffic!

Keep Your Eyes Moving

Many accidents and near misses occur because one or both of the drivers didn't see each other in time to avoid a collision. Scanning the road ahead as well as the area immediatly around you car is essential. By moving your eyes constantlyand scanning the road ahead in the far distance, the middle distance and along the sides of the road and by using your mirrors regularly, you will be aware of any potential change in the traffic. When approaching intersections and roundabouts, make sure that the other drivers see you. By making eye contact with drivers who must give way, will ensure that they haven't missed seeing you. 

Safe Driving Tips

Being a safe driver is more than just going the speed limit (though that is really important).  

Speed is a key factor and increases the likelihood of an accident significantly but there are a number of other considerations.

  • 30% of all crashes are rear-end crashes - watch your distance.  A good general rule of thumb is to stay 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Fatigue is a major factor in road safety.  Simply don't drive when you are tired.
  • Alcohol and drugs should never be mixed with driving.  Avoid the risks and plan ahead.
  • It is illegal to use mobile phone when you drive.  Turn them off or give it to a passenger.  Avoid the temptation - put your phone in the glove box or console away from you and turn the ringer off.

Driving Lessons - Defensive Driving Tips from Volkswagon

Get some great tips on how to drive safely.  This video addresses seat position and how the right set up will help you set up the right hand and arm positions to drive safely.

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