Regular visitors to this blog will know that we love to get you thinking about how you can become a better, safer driver. So, this week we’re going to give you lots of top advice about motorcyclists.
We all see and respond to road signs every day, but how good is your road signs knowledge?
Sign of the times
Well, our boffins have been looking at the theory test results* and they’ve discovered that learners really struggle to answer questions about ‘signs and road markings’.
Hello! This week we’re going to start with a Highway Code rule:
205 –There is a risk of pedestrians, especially children, stepping unexpectedly into the road. You should drive with the safety of children in mind at a speed suitable for the conditions.
Stating the obvious
Sounds obvious, right? Well, before you start groaning and rolling your eyes, have a look at this:
(Don’t) phone a friend
Ping…another message from Facebook has just popped through and you’re desperate to have a look at it. Will it be a mate ‘liking’ your latest post? Will it be a message from one of your besties inviting you to a party?
Have you ever been so into a conversation that you’ve completely zoned out? You know, your mates call and start gossiping about the fortunes of some minor celebrity or who got off with who at the weekend. Maybe that’s just my life, I don’t know.
Anyway, the point I’m making is that you get so absorbed in the chat, that the hazard warnings your brain receives from your eyes are ignored.
We’re going to kick off this week’s blog with a question: ‘Do you listen to music in your car?’ If you do, is it because you fancy a bit of company? Or do you just like the adrenaline boost of a few bangin’ tunes* while you’re driving?
First experiences of driving
My first experiences of driving were on our family holiday in France or Spain, go-karting. The most exciting place was racing on the main go-kart track adjacent to the famous Le Mans 24-hour circuit in France. I normally did OK and sometimes beat my dad who can be very competitive!
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