- Poor driver vision causes £33 million of damage from crashes in the UK every year.
Did you know that there is no requirement for people to have eyesight check ups after passing the driving test. As a result, it’s estimated that near five million people driving on the UK’s roads today would fail the eye-sight test if they had to take the practical test again.
2. Do you know what the minimum tyre tread depth is?
According to Brake illegal, defective or under inflated tyres is the most common vehicle defect contributing to fatal crashes, yet it’s one of the simplest to detect and rectify.
If you want to check the tyres of your vehicle yourself you can use the 20p coin test see the method here.
The best method is to take your car to the local tyre specialists and ask for their advice.
3. Why you can’t tint the whole of your windscreen
70% of light must be able to pass through the front windscreen. Although you are allowed to tint car windows, vehicle operator services agency regulations 1986 require that all front windows in front of the B post (generally the parts of the car structure that holds the windscreen in place) must have a minimum of 70% visible light transmission (VLT).
Although it is allowed to tint the windscreen of cars, it is restricted to only the outside of the sweep of the wiper blades.
4. Did you know that eating or drinking while driving makes you twice as likely to crash.
According to research from Brunel University, eating severely impairs a drivers vehicle handling ability. Another study claims that eating while driving is even more dangerous than using a mobile phone.
We shouldn’t need research to prove that eating while driving a car is dangerous. It’s common sense that eating distracts the drivers concentration, and should an emergency arise you would only have one hand to deal with steering.
One last thing to mention, if you drop food on your lap or spill a hot drink while driving where do you think your concentration goes!
5. Don’t let your petrol indicator get too low…
The number of petrol stations in the UK has been declining over the last 50 years.
There are now only 8,600 stations compared to 37,000 in the 1970’s.
Many car drivers run out of fuel on motorways because they try to go as far as they can before refuelling.
6. Stopping distance
Often drivers struggle to stop their vehicle within the distance travelled when they spot a hazard.
By knowing the stopping distance, and travelling at a speed appropriate to the traffic and road conditions will vastly reduce drivers getting caught out and help eliminate many accidents.
Braking distances are made up of thinking distance and braking distance. Thinking distance is based on the reaction time of the driver, which is 0.67 seconds (for alert drivers). The distance travelled before the driver hits the brake depends on the speed the car is travelling at. The braking distance is how far the car travels before stopping after the brake is applied.
If a driver has to brake sharply to avoid hitting a car ahead, what you have to remember is that the driver following is going to have a problem stopping as well.
Keeping a safe distance from the car ahead will give you enough time to stop safely, and avoid someone hitting you from the rear.
7. More than 80% of traffic in a city generally travels on 10 to 20% of the roads.
Why wait in long queues of traffic when you might be able to take the longer less travelled routes, and get to where you are going quicker and less stressed.
8. The UK’s biggest ever vehicle ownership survey in the UK.
The study records that there are 35,760,901 cars, vans, trucks, buses and coaches currently on UK roads. Not all at once fortunately.
9. The cheapest car in the UK:
If you have recently passed your driving test and looking for a cheap new vehicle the Dacia Sandero is the cheapest new car in Briton at less than £6,000.