If you had to answer this question, what would you say? Are you a good driver? Most of us would say YES, of course! And most of us have been driving frequently for a considerable amount of time - so you must be a good driver, right? Well, turns out that good drivers all have a couple of qualities in common - let us know how you fare.
Knowledge - the know how if something goes wrong
Good drivers all have a good knowledge of what to do in the event of something untoward happening. They’re normally fully educated on how to handle their vehicles, general road safety and safe driving. They’re also aware of what to do in the event of an accident - and how to seek out help after an accident where they were not at fault.
General driving skill
Good drivers are skilled drivers! Steering, changing gears, handling of your vehicle during suboptimal conditions and accelerating safely and smoothly are all skills of a good driver. There are ways to improve your driving skills - such as taking an advanced driving course or learning how to be a proactive or defensive driver.
Awareness and observation
Good drivers often have the ability to see an accident before it happens - this is because they are always fully aware of their surroundings. Driving with the ability to be aware of what is happening around you at all times will help prevent accidents from happening. While some accidents are unavoidable - especially those where you are not at fault - it’s still a good idea to be fully aware at all times.
Having the right attitude
Being a good driver is more than just skills or knowledge - it’s about having the right mindset before setting off on your journey. Being calm and level headed while driving is incredibly important especially when there are other drivers around. Another important part of having the right attitude is not panicking should something unexpected happen. For instance, being involved in an accident where you are not at fault. Having the right mindset will allow you to remain calm at the accident scene, allowing you to take a moment to get to what you need to - such as sharing your details, taking witness statements and gathering their information as well as taking photos. Being calm will also help you when calling our dedicated accident support line and organising your accident replacement vehicle. And while accidents are scary, unexpected and inconvenient, the team at Carbiz is here to help you through it!