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Tips and Education
When Driving 'Be SMART'
- Be alert all the time
- Obey traffic rules
- Be courteous and be patient
- Give way and follow lane discipline
- Be considerate of other road users, in particular cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
- Avoid all bad driving behaviour/habit
- Speeding : Number one killer!
- Less time to react
- Easy to lost control
- Stopping distance further and stronger crash impact
- Speed limits are to be followed with regard to the conditions on the road, e.g. Go slower in crowed roads and when making turns
- Beware of Slippery Roads
- Look out for oily and sandy roads in case of heavy downpours
- reduce speed
- maintain a longer following distance
- turn on the vehicle headlights (dipped) if visibility is poor (that is required by law enacted on 2002-07-01
- Always be caution about the blind spots. Signal early before changing lanes. Make a shoulder check and look carefully before changing lanes.
- Follow the 2-second rule and keep an appropriate distance from vehicle in front to avoid collision.
- Do not weave through traffic. Keep left unless overtaking.
- Do not overtake unless you are sure you can do so without danger to others as well as yourself.
- Ensure that there are no signs or markings banning overtaking when you overtake. The road and traffic conditions are appropriate and will not cause any hazard to other road users.
- Not to be distracted on the road, by your passengers or by yourself.
- Do not use handheld mobile phone/telecommunications equipment whilst driving. If you have to talk over the phone or to communicate, use a hand-free-kit. Keep your conversation short.
- Use your direction indicators properly when making a turn/change lane/ overtake. Observe the traffic conditions both ahead and behind and demonstrate your intention to other road users before the actual manoeuvre. Remember to switch off the indicators after the manoeuvre.
- Turn on the vehicle headlamps during the hours of darkness and in poor visibility condition. Where a system of street lights is in operation or in the face of approaching traffic, the lighted headlamps must be dipped.
- Use the vehicle hazard light correctly.
- Do not press horns unless in dangerous situations.
- Obey the direction of a police officer.
A safe system for driving|
Well before you carry out any manoeuvre - moving off, turning left, turning right, changing lanes, slowing down, stopping, reversing, overtaking or performing any other movement - always carry out the following routine:
Always use the think - look - signal- look again routine well in advance of every manoeuvre.
- Think - you should think carefully what you want to do in good time.
- Look - you should check if it is safe to do it by looking ahead, by looking behind in your mirror and looking all around.
- Signal - when it is safe, signal what you intend to do. This signal must be correct, clear and given in plenty of time.
- Look again - check that it is still safe to carry out or complete your manoeuvre.