To new drivers, defensive and safe driving is the name of the game. After all, it’s better to get from point A to B alive in one piece rather than being injured along the way. That’s why many driving instructors will teach you to take it nice and slow and to approach driving with safety in mind. While this is an admirable thing to teach, it’s ultimately not very true.
If you’re taking it slow and steady on a road where everyone else is double your speed, then you’re a hazard that needs to get off the road as soon as possible. The thing about driving that many people don’t seem to understand is that driving slow causes more problems and puts you at a higher risk of being injured. You probably won’t be the direct cause of an accident, but if you’re crawling along at a snail’s pace then the people behind you will get fed up and they will try to overtake you.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that driving quickly is the only option. The point is, there are many different ways to improve your driving safety and what you’ve learned from your instructor isn’t the full story or the only way to act on the road. Much of your road safety comes from experience, but if you think that it’s too much hassle to learn safer driving tips because you haven’t been in an accident, then look at this infographic to realise just how vulnerable we are in our vehicles.
Infographic design from www.driverknowledge.com