Drivers warned over road hazards

Drivers warned over road hazards

Anticipating what other road users might and will do is a critical part of road safety, so says Britain's top advanced driver.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, is urging motorists to look further down the road in order to stay one step ahead of the game.

He claims identifying hazards earlier will give you more time to deal with them, so always think about what could happen.

Hazards include bends and junctions. You should always expect that there may be a car emerging or a cyclist around the bend as this will allow you enough time to respond accordingly.

Road signs will also give you a heads up about what lies ahead so pay attention to them and understand their message.

You should regularly use your mirrors as well. These will make you are aware of who is behind you and what is going on - especially with regard to motorcyclists and cyclists.

"Hazards can be anything from a tree branch to a child walking along the pavement," said Mr Rodger.

"Anticipating what other road users might do is key to being prepared and becoming a safer driver."

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