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What makes a good driver

Concentration

Be aware of vehicle speed and do not speed to keep up the flow of traffic.Drive in the appropriate gear e.g. in a 50kmh zone you have more control of your speed if you drive in 3rd gear. An additional benefit of this is that it makes your car more fuel efficient.

Observation

Good vision is essential.Have your eyesight checked regularly,be spatially aware,read road signs and understand the importance of the message.

Anticipation

Assess developing situations and changing road and weather conditions.Be aware of possible hazards and take appropriate action

Space

Allow sufficient space for stopping distance,taking into account road and weather conditions,visibility and speed.

Remember the '2 second Rule'

Watch the vehicle in front of you pass a landmark - such as a sign or tree at the side of the road. As it passes the landmark, start counting "one thousand and one, one thousand and two" or say "only a fool breaks the two-second rule".

If you pass the landmark before you finish saying all eight words, you are following too closely. Slow down, pick another landmark and repeat the words, to make sure you have increased your following distance.

The good thing about the '2-second rule' is it ensures you keep the correct following distance, no matter what speed you are travelling at.

When towing a trailer or the road surface is wet or slippery, increase your following distance by counting out to 4 seconds