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Refresh Your Safe Driving Technique This Winter

Refresh Your Safe Driving Technique This Winter

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We spend a lot of time in our cars, especially over the holidays as we travel to visit relatives. But how many of us have bothered to brush up on our technique since first passing our tests? Things are changing all the time on the roads, so refreshing your memory on best practice is massively helpful. It can also save you money, as a lot of safer driving techniques also use less fuel, making them good for you, your family and the planet. Safer drivers can also benefit from lower car insurance premiums, especially if you opt for ‘black box insurance’, which monitors your driving patterns using telematics software, installed via a GPS tracker or sometimes an app on your smartphone. It’s the same technology used by fleet management services for driver safety training, and can save you a lot of money. So, how do you make sure you’re driving safely this winter?

Stick To A Sensible Speed

Speed is one of the easiest factors for any driver to control, and it’s also the one that makes the most difference when trying to drive more safely and fuel-efficiently. Speed is named as the most common factor in fatal road accidents, so you must take care to alter the speed you do to take note of things like the road and the weather conditions. At this time of year, you’re more likely to be driving in challenging conditions such as heavy rain, sleet, storms or snow and ice, so really take a moment to adjust your speed down and if your vehicle has a speed limiter consider using that so you don’t accidentally creep up. It’s also a good idea to do a winter safety check on your car before setting off.

Minimise Distractions

When we pay attention to anything other than the road ahead, we are compromising our focus and introducing danger into our ride. Although driving while talking on a handheld phone or while texting are now against the law in a lot of places, research suggests it’s just as dangerous – although not illegal – to take a hands-free telephone call on the road. It’s a better idea to switch your phone into flight mode while driving so that you can’t be distracted by incoming calls. If you have small children, backseat squabbling can also be dangerous, so make sure to pack plenty of activities, games or a movie for them to watch on a tablet – you can get car activity trays for kids or tablet holders to stop them dropping it.

Take Regular Breaks

If you have a long journey to make, you need to ensure that you factor in enough breaks along the way. Research shows that the tiredness levels of a driver following just a few hours of night-time journeying has the same effect as being over the drink-driving limit. If you’re sleepy, your reaction times suffer and your decision making is impaired. So make it a priority to stop and stay hydrated regularly throughout any long journey.

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Why Taking A Road Trip May Be Better Than Flying

Why Taking A Road Trip May Be Better Than Flying

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If you have to travel somewhere, then typically the go-to mode of transport is usually by air, but this is not only something that not everyone is into – for example those who have a major fear of flying or just find it otherwise inconvenient to fly, and even if you don’t particularly mind flying, then it has to be admitted that flying nowadays isn’t exactly the most comfortable way to travel – in fact unless you’re traveling business or first class, then it’s actually extremely uncomfortable and often downright annoying.

With everything from tiny airplane seats, obnoxious passengers who seem to think the world revolves around them, and airport queues that feel like they’re never going to end, the world of modern flying is now more of a means to an end than the high-flying experience of luxury in the air that it once was hailed as.

There are also plenty of other ways to travel, so although flying may be the fastest and sometimes cheapest for longer distances, it’s certainly not the only option – from busses, trains, and even boats, there you can find alternatives to suit your needs and your budget.

One of the best ways to travel if you like to plan your own schedule and don’t really feel like enduring the above downsides of flying is to consider taking a road trip.

Of course, in order to take a road trip you have to have some things in place, such as the ability to drive – either yourself or be traveling with someone who can drive, as well as making sure your vehichle has undergone the latest safety checks and that you have the correct insurances.

If you’re interested in taking a road trip, but you’ve either never learned to drive or it’s been a while since you’ve been behind the wheel, then you should look into some driving classes in your local area. You’ll be required to take both a theory and practical test before being given the go ahead to drive, but the time to do it is definitely worth it if you want the freedom of driving, so you can have a look at this site to get an idea of what’s required in order to take the tests.

It’s cheaper:

Although air travel is far cheaper than it used to be, it’s often a game of luck since the cost of your flight ticket will depend on various things such as the time of year, the destination, the number of tickets you’re buying, and also even the day of the week you’re traveling or buying your tickets, whereas gas prices are far more stable and so it’s going to be consistently cheaper to get in your car and drive across the country than it would be to take a flight.

It’s fun:

Whilst not everyone will imagine being stuck in a car for hours on end driving through miles of empty roads to be fun, a road trip with the right people can definitely be fun – and it can even be fun if you’re on your own. Bring along plenty of great music and the right attitude, and you’ll soon find that road trips are one of your favorite ways to travel where you want to go.

It’s more relaxing:

The great thing about a road trip is that they don’t have the same time schedule attached to them as flying or even the same as going with a bus or train – you can basically take off on the road whenever you feel like it and then take the route you choose and really relax as you go. There’s no rush when you’re on the road and this makes it a great way to enjoy it properly without all the usual stress that comes from flying.

It can be part of the trip:

Another great thing about taking a road trip is that you can plan your road trip around the things you’d like to do and see along the way, so it basically becomes part of the trip overall. For example, if you’ve wanted to see a certain town or city for a while but have never had the chance to visit, then taking a road trip could be the perfect way to make stops at these places and see some cool things along the way. This means you can have mini trips as part of your road trip by taking some time and even making overnight stops along the way if you’re able to plan and budget for them, and this also breaks up your trip which is good when driving for longer distances.

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