You’re probably very close to passing your test at the moment, right? Well then, you definitely need to read through this article to ensure you stand the best possible chance of avoiding failure and having to re-book. While most of the rules listed should be familiar to you, it’s still wise to refresh your memory and ensure you have all the bases covered. Considering this, grab yourself a hot cup of tea, get comfortable, and we’ll begin…
Do not use your mobile phone
This is possibly one of the worst things you can do behind the wheel, as it could stop you from concentrating properly, and possibly cause an accident to occur. So dangerous is this, that the UK government made it illegal to talk on the phone while driving, and so you can get points on your licence, and a hefty fine if you’re caught.
Do not drink and drive
While you might think you’re perfectly capable of driving after a couple of pints, the law says you’re not, and so ignoring this could land you in hot water. Not only will you be arrested if stopped by the police, but statistics show the chances of you injuring other people will also increase. For that reason, no responsible person should touch a drop of alcohol when they know they have to drive.
Look out for pedestrians
There are obviously laws surrounding jaywalking in some countries, but this isn’t the case in the UK. That means people could cross the road in any place at any time. While police officers and the courts might be sympathetic if something bad happens and the pedestrian is really to blame, you’ll still receive a conviction for driving without due care and attention. This is why it’s vital that you always stay alert and avoid distractions.
Obey speed limits
Every driver surpasses the speed limits at one time or another by mistake, especially when driving around areas they’re not familiar with. Even so, this is breaking the law, and if you get caught, there could be serious consequences. This is why it’s important that you always look for signs when joining a new road, and don’t simply presume you’re traveling at the right speed. Alternatively, some sat navs actually include this information, but you shouldn’t rely on them too heavily, as they don’t usually account for changes due to roadworks, etc.
Wear your seatbelt
Official statistics show that you’re more than 35% more likely to survive as crash without major injuries at 40 mph if you’re wearing a seatbelt. For that reason alone, it’s essential you always have yours on when behind the wheel. Also, you need to make sure all your passengers follow suit, as fines will be handed out like sweets from the police if you don’t pay attention to this driving rule.
So, now you’ve read through those five driving rules, we hope you’re going to be much safer when on the roads over the next few months. At the end of the day, you will only put yourself and others in danger if you fail to take heed.