What you need to know as a driver
1. Motorcyclists and cyclists can be invisible to you if you do not make a conscious decision to look for them
2. A glance is never enough – always look right and left at least twice. This doubles your chance of seeing a vehicle
3. Make a point of looking next to the windscreen pillars. Better still, lean forward slightly as you look right and left so that you are looking around the door pillars. Be aware that the pillar nearest to you blocks more of your vision.
4. It is especially difficult to spot bicycles, motorbikes and pedestrians during low sun conditions, rain or through a dirty windscreen as contrast is reduced.
5. Slow down on approach to junctions or roundabouts, even if the road seems empty. Changing speed will allow you to see vehicles that would otherwise be invisible to you
6. If you are looking at your mobile telephone then you are incapable of seeing much else. Not only are you probably looking down into your lap, but your eyes are focused at less then one metre and every object at distance will be out of focus. Even when you look up and out, it takes a fraction of a second for your eyes to adjust – this is time you may not have. The same is true of SATNAVs and radios.
1.Position yourself in the best place to maximize your visibility of potential hazards 2. Avoid lingering in the blind spots created by the A-pillars and C-pillars of cars; those are the front 3/4 and rear 3/4 angle views out of...
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