Crashes have become all too common on our SA roads. Learn safety tips on how to become a driver that drives for more, avoids crashes and strives for safety.
In the pursuit of becoming a safer driver that drives for more, there is 1 crucial aspect that needs to be mastered before you can progress and that is knowing how to drive safe. Without the actual knowledge, you will have no educated data of how to avoid crashes.
Think of it like this – you want to become a brilliant gymnast, capable of doing backflips, front flips etc. but you have no prior knowledge on how to do any of these things.
If you were to just try and do a backflip without knowing how, you could potentially hurt yourself quite badly.
The same goes for driving – if you don’t know how to drive safely, you won’t be able to drive safely. And that’s exactly why we are here, to give you that knowledge so that you can go out and become a driver that prevents crashes and drives for more.
What is driving for more?
Great question. Driving for more is much more than just a way of driving. It is a mindset, a way of thinking that encompasses all aspects of safety.
At its heart, driving for more is about thinking beyond yourself and about everyone and everything that uses the road. The road is full of other people, animals and pedestrians, all which are exposed to incredible risk. By consciously thinking about all of these things when you drive and factoring the safety and wellbeing of such into the way you drive, that’s when you start driving for more.
However, it’s not as simple as just changing the way you think. That’s the 1st step. There are a couple of other steps that follow that complement the 1st step and help set you on your way to becoming a driver that drives for more.
5 safety tips to drive for more
Let’s take a holistic view of all the steps involved in changing the way you drive to become a safer, better all-round driver.
- Change your mindset
- Keep it slow, always
- Respect the road
- Use indicators
- Express patience
Remember – you need to practice each and every one of these to truly benefit from them. Let’s look a little closer at each tip.
Change your mindset
As we mentioned earlier, driving for more is a mindset.
Start trying to think of everyone else the minute you enter your car. Change the way you think about the road and try to get yourself to realise that the other drivers you see are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives and children.
When you make this connection and link it to the way that that you drive, that’s when the transformation starts to happen.
Keep it slow, always
Speed kills. We all know this and have seen the consequences.
It is never worth it to speed. Your family will wait for you and risking your life and the lives of others is not worth arriving a few minutes earlier.
Keep your speed low and don’t rush.
Respect the road
The road is like the ocean – it needs to be respected, otherwise you could find yourself treading deep water very quickly.
Respecting the roads means respecting stop streets, robots, intersections, the rules of the road, speed limits as well as other drivers. Become respectful of the roads and the people that use them.
Many, many crashes happen because drivers fail to signal their intentions and other drivers crash as a result.
Don’t be like these drivers. Always show other drivers what you plan on doing by using your indicators and signaling accordingly.
One of the most important factors in learning to drive for more is becoming a patient driver.
This ties back to the 1st point of changing the way you think. When you change the way you think, you need to come to a realisation that the road, your family, friends, work and the world are not going anywhere anytime soon. So, don’t rush and be patient. After all – rushing and being impatient causes wrinkles, and no one wants that.
At the end of the day, driving for more takes a lot of work and practice. You need to change the way you think, drive and see the roads. By doing so you can better your chances of staying safe and keeping your Renault car damage free.
Use these above safety tips and remember what they mean, #drivetribe. Safety is for everyone.