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On the road

  • Before making a manoeuvre, check your mirrors, signal in good time, check your blind spot and then make your move when it is safe to do so. If you find your neck, shoulder or body movements have become restricted as you’ve got older, try rotation exercises to improve your mobility.
  • Drive within the speed limit; at 35mph it takes 21 feet further to stop than at 30mph.
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front so that you have plenty of time to stop if required.
  • Allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic and in tunnels where visibility is reduced. The gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased still further on icy roads.
  • Wear a seat belt; a seat belt is the single best form of protection for anyone in a car.
  • Don’t feel pressured by other drivers. Only move when it is safe to do so and take particular care at junctions, intersections and roundabouts.
  • Stay alert. Look out for pedestrians, cyclists and other hazards in addition to other road users.
  • When travelling on a motorway, keep in the left hand lane unless you are overtaking.
  • Be alert at all times keeping a close eye on the road ahead, road signs and road markings – driving requires concentration.
  • Drive with courtesy and consideration for other road users.