Safe driving is an important task for everyone to avoid from car accidents and personal injury. Here are some road safety tips to keep yourself and others safe. This section is a great source of useful and topical information for learner drivers and their families by the leading driving school in the Bankstown and Surrounding Areas | Sydney.
Common courtesy goes a long way to keeping safe on the road. Keep an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians. Obey the rules of the road, stay calm and avoid conflict. There are enough aggressive drivers on the road already, don’t be one of them!
• Get plenty of sleep before starting off. • Avoid starting a long drive at the end of the day. • Avoid driving between 10pm and 6am or when you would normally be asleep. • Share the driving if you can. • Aim to stop for 15 minutes every two hours. • Pull over and stop when you notice the warning signs of fatigue. • Have light snacks rather than fatty foods. • Avoid too much coffee or sweet soft drinks. • Drink plenty of water – dehydration can cause fatigue. • Stay away from alcohol at all costs. • Stop before you’re tired.
• Always be on the look out for motorcycles as they are smaller than cars and harder to see. • Do not drive alongside and in the same lane as a motorcycle. Motorcycles need a full width lane to ride safely. • Allow motorcycles as much space as a car when overtaking them. • Regularly check your side and rear vision mirrors and the blind spot by looking over your shoulder before merging or changing lanes. Motorcycles can be easily hidden behind a truck or car.
• Drive at a safe distance from motorcycles as they may need to avoid hazards such as flying debris, oil slicks and poor road conditions. • Allow extra time for them to stop. • Look for motorcycles before you turn or proceed at intersections. • Look out for motorcycles in slow moving traffic as they can manoeuvre faster.
Bicycle riders are more difficult to see than cars or trucks, especially at night. Take care to check for bicycle riders in blind spots. • When overtaking give bicycle riders a safe amount of space. This means at least one metre to the side in a 50 km/h zone, if the speed limit is higher, then bicycle riders need more space for their safety. • Always check for bicycle riders whenever you travel on the road particularly when turning at intersections. • Sometimes a bicycle can travel as fast or faster than a car, particularly in slowmoving traffic. Never underestimate their speed and be sure not to cut them off by moving in front of them. Remember that it takes longer for a bicycle to stop than a car at the same speed.
At times bicycle riders may need a full width lane to ride safely due to rough road edges and gravel. Be prepared to slow down and allow the rider to travel away from the kerb. • Children on bikes can be unpredictable – be prepared to slow down and stop. • Bicycle riders are allowed to ride two abreast, (side by side).
• Only fill your petrol tank to the first click. This will allow for expansion of the fuel and reduce emissions. • Only use air conditioning when necessary. Air conditioning is most efficient when you are travelling above 60km/hr. • Check the tyre pressure frequently. Under inflated tyres increase rolling resistance and fuel consumption. • Turn the engine off when you are stopped for lengthy periods. • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight in the vehicle. Remove objects such as roof racks and bike racks when not in use and don’t leave heavy items such as golf clubs permanently in your vehicle. • Don’t speed. Stick to the speed limit as higher speeds increase fuel consumption.
• Don’t warm up the engine before starting off. Today’s vehicles do not require warming up, except in cold climates and after long periods of non-use. Gentle driving is enough to warm up the engine. • Maintain your vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is regularly serviced and has the correct amount of engine oil and coolant. • When driving a manual car, change gears at a lower engine speed (revs) – avoid labouring the engine. • When driving an automatic car use the correct pressure on accelerator to avoid over-revving on take off. • Maintain a steady speed. Smooth acceleration and deceleration will decrease fuel consumption.