To be able to drive safely in today's traffic conditions, you must have 100% concentration. If you let your mind wander, even for a moment, the risk of making a mistake is increased enormously, and mistakes frequently lead to accidents. Avoid driving if you're feeling tired or unwell thinking about something else upset or annoyed suffering stress of any kind. If you have to drive, try to give yourself more time to react.
Concentration is the key to anticipation and is helped by having.
- good vision
- good hearing
- good health
Don't While on the move don't let conversation distract you (an argument with your passengers can be particularly distracting) make or answer phone calls listen to loud music or use headphones of any kind, as these can mask other sounds look at road maps or route guidance and navigation systems try to tune the radio or change compact discs or cassettes eat or drink (even non-alcoholic) if this will distract you. In addition, don't stick non-essential stickers on the windows of your vehicle; they can restrict your view hang objects in your vehicle (e.g. dolls, dice, football boots) where they might distract you and restrict your view.
It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone or other similar device, when driving except to call 999 or 112 in a genuine emergency when it is unsafe or impractical to stop. Using any phone or microphone even if it is hands-free, can also distract your attention from the road. It is far safer not to use an phone while driving.
Find a safe place to stop before making a call. Use voicemail to receive calls and make regular stops to retrieve messages. Driving requires all of your attention all of the time. These rules apply even if you're not driving but are supervising a Iearner driver