This #roadsafetyweek we want to normalise good driving behaviour and driver safety, so we’re offering a month’s worth of digestible driving tips to provoke thought and change the way we drive. Sign up below for free driver tips, tools and offers on our e-learning.

Each business day in November we’ll add a new tip. Click the link below the post to grab a shareable image to promote road safety in your organisation. All tips provided by our driving expert John Davidge.

Daily Driving Tip #1:

39% of motorists are driving on under-inflated tyres or illegal tyres, and with thousands of road casualties and fatalities on Britain’s roads a direct result of unroadworthy tyres, isn’t it time you checked your tyres? Get into ‘rubber’!

Check your tyre pressure today. There’s a simple guide halfway down this page.

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Daily Driving Tip #2:

Beware all vulnerable road users – pedestrians and cyclists with no protection can be easily injured, and as darker nights approach they may not be easy to see.

Think ahead – think for them, better than a serious collision that you’ll regret forever.

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Daily Driving Tip #3:

Even when going backwards – the most important tip in driving is to think ahead! The smart driver always needs to be one step ahead of others to avoid manoeuvring incidents.

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Daily Driving Tip #4:

Without exception, every road user will make mistakes at some point.

Think ahead – what’s likely to happen next, what can you do to avoid being involved in someone else’s errors?

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Daily Driving Tip #5

Drivers changing lanes often hit an unseen vehicle in their ‘blind-spot’ that they couldn’t see.

Think ahead – can the other driver see you clearly? Why put yourself where you can’t be seen?

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Daily Driving Tip #6

Driving from home to a destination may take you exactly 33 minutes – but does that time allow for the parking delays, the time spent walking from that distant car park?

Think ahead – good journey planning means allowing enough time for ALL of the journey.

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Daily Driving Tip #7

Winter draws near! Good driving starts the night before, checking the weather forecast for adverse conditions.

Think ahead – have you allowed for clearing your screen, for added journey times with poor visibility?

Check out our winter driving guide for tips on how to stay safe in bad weather.

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Daily Driving Tip #8

Most collisions on the road are not an act of god or a chance happening, but a predictable and repetitive sequence of events with logical outcomes.

Tiredness, experience and vehicle condition are all factors. Think how these will affect your driving today.

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Daily Driving Tip #9

Driving while using a hand-held mobile phone is an offence and currently holds a minimum of £200 fine and 6 points – for a new driver that means an instant ban!

Think ahead! Why not set a voicemail message to say, “If I’m not answering. I could be driving”? Spread the word. Safely!

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Daily Driving Tip #10

40% of journeys are less than 2 miles. With plenty of alternatives to choose from, including cycling, walking, hopping, skipping or jumping, you’ll not only feel healthier but you’ll be helping the planet and your community too!

Do you really need to drive today when it may take you longer to park?!

Why not check out your vehicle carbon footprint for your average commute? Click here to head to the Brake carbon footprint calculator.

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Daily Driving Tip #11

There is no ‘safe’ level of drugs or alcohol for driving – even small amounts will affect your reactions, your level of focus and awareness.

Did you know that 60 people are banned from driving for drugs offences EVERY DAY, and that drugs can still be detected in your system several WEEKS later?

Think ahead – make sure you’re aware of how long it will take to leave your body. Will you be below the limit tomorrow morning? Don’t take the chance.

Interested in seeing how long it takes to sober up? Check out Brake’s morning-after calculator.

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Daily Driving Tip #12

Did you know it’s possible to lose 40% of your vision without noticing? Driving with poor vision brings about unnecessary risks. You must be able to read a licence plate from 20 metres – often we tell ourselves we’re alright, but shouldn’t you check it out?

Why not book an eye test today and find out?

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Daily Driving Tip #13

We tell ourselves that we’re fine even as our eyelids start to droop. Why do we continue driving when we know we are fatigued? A moment’s inattention, a lifetime of regret…

Know your body, plan out your route, and if you feel it’ll be too tiring, plan to stop and recoup.

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Daily Driving Tip #14

Being distracted is bliss. We love it. We love to pretend we’re capable at multi-tasking, even when the truth is the opposite. This is especially true when driving. Whether it’s eating, changing radio stations, checking messages, watching the sat-nav, all contribute to the risk of a crash.

Disconnect from the distractions! Turn off your phone, put food out of reach, keep the station on. And definitely don’t play this really fun distraction game on the Brake website.

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Daily Driving Tip #15

Why not cycle this month instead of driving? It’s a great way to reduce your C02 footprint, and, research shows, could be cheaper, healthier and less stressful.

You can plan your cycle here.

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Daily Driving Tip #16

To quote Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Are you and your vehicle ready?

Check tyres, battery, brakes, fuel, oil, lights, heater, cooling system and wipers. Plan your journeys and give yourself plenty of time – clear the screen properly before travel.

(Top tip/hint – when the fuel runs out and the engine stops, so does the heater…)

Learn more about how to cope with winter driving here.

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