Tips for drivers to fine-tune their driving skills as we exit lockdown

Having been confined to our homes for weeks on end in lockdown, it is safe to say drivers may be a tad rusty when they get back behind the wheel again. As traffic gathers on the road once more, now could be the perfect time for drivers to fine-tune their driving skills with the following road safety tips.

Make important vehicle checks

Whether your vehicle has been stationary on the driveway for the past four months or not, take the opportunity to carry out some essential vehicle checks to ensure you vehicle is in tip-top condition as we head into autumn. These car checks should include:

  • Checking coolant levels
  • Checking the oil level
  • Refilling the screen wash bottle
  • Checking tyre pressure on all tyres including the spare
  • Checking the tyre tread for wear
  • Making sure all the lights are working properly
  • Checking the wiper blades

Be aware of more cyclists and pedestrians

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen more pedestrians and cyclists take to the roads and streets so they can maintain social distancing when out and about. Drivers getting back on the roads should be aware of the increase in cyclists and pedestrians.

As a driver, you should look out for cyclists, particularly when turning, and make eye contact with them so they know you have seen them. Using your indicators will signal your intentions so cyclists have time to react.

The same diligence should be shown to pedestrians. As pedestrians don’t always follow the rules, you should give them right of way and let them pass safely. When reversing, always check for pedestrians before you start your manouvre.

Think about reaction times for braking and manoeuvres

Another driver safety tip you should be aware of is reaction times for braking and other manoeuvres. Reaction times vary from driver to driver but can be longer than you may think. A professional racing driver who is physically fit can react (the time it takes before spotting a hazard and beginning action) in as little as 0.2 seconds. The average motorist takes around 0.5 seconds react.

Reaction times should be considered when driving. For example, when driving on a motorway, drivers should keep to a minimum of two chevrons  or car lengths behind the vehicle in front. This is considered a safe distance should thevehicle in front have to brake suddenly.

The importance of motor fleet insurance

Britain’s roads starting to fill with activity once more highlights the importance of motor fleet insurance. Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s specialise in providing bespoke and tailored solutions for UK businesses. Our motor fleet insurance is designed to accommodate a mix of vehicles, including cars, commercial vehicles, and special types. Get in touch with Nelson’s today to find out more about our motor fleet cover.

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