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NEARLY A FIFTH OF DRIVERS NEVER USE THE MOTORWAY

 

17% of drivers never use the motorway as a means of travel, according to a new OnePoll survey of 2,000 UK drivers.

 

The survey, commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, a new independent provider of GAP (Guaranteed Asset Protection) insurance, found that women (22%) were nearly twice as likely than men (12%) to stay away from motorways.

Of the respondents that said they never drive on motorways, 34% said they avoided the motorway because they didn’t feel safe driving on it. This is despite the fact that, statistically at least, motorways are safer than other roads.

26 to 35-year olds were most likely to cite safety concerns as the reason they didn’t use motorways (41%), followed by 60+ (36%) and 17 to 25-year olds (32%).

 

From the 4th June 2018, learner drivers in England, Scotland and Wales were allowed to take lessons on the motorway, giving them an early exposure of motorway driving, something that would previously happen only after you had passed your test.

 

According to the Government website, the idea behind this initiative is to ‘improve [drivers’] confidence to drive on the motorway unsupervised after passing their driving test’ and to ‘help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely’.

 

Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Officer of InsuretheGap.com, said: “The change to allow learner drivers to drive on motorways whilst accompanied by a qualified instructor is a positive step to help them feel comfortable in what can be a challenging driving environment. The fact that over a third of people who avoided motorways said they did so due to safety concerns suggests this is something that is long overdue, despite motorways being some of the safest roads to drive on based on accident numbers. It will be interesting to see if these statistics change in a few years’ time once motorway lessons are established as a key part of learning to drive.”

 

 

 

You’ll Never Forget Your First Car - So Choose it Wisely

If you’ve just joined the 800,000 or so people who pass their driving test in the UK every year, then congratulations! You will be relishing the sense of freedom and independence that it gives, and will doubtless be impatient to get your very first set of wheels.

Anybody’s first car is a big deal, and whether it is brand new out of the showroom or it has already seen a great deal of life and bears the scars to prove it, one thing is for sure - it is a car that you will never forget!

Preparing for the road ahead

Passing your test is just the first step on the way to becoming a safe and accomplished driver, so before you sever your ties with the driving school, it’s worth having a chat with your driving instructor about the choice of vehicles on the market, and maybe even having some advanced tuition to really get the feel of your new wheels. First, however, you need to get those keys in your hand - so what are the factors you need to consider when choosing your car?

Work out your budget

It sounds boring, but we are all subject to budgetary constraints. You can get a good car for £800 and you can get a good car for £8,000. But until you know exactly what your budget is, it’s pointless to even start looking.

Of course, purchase price is only the first part of the cost. You’ve also got to factor in road tax, maintenance and that subject that is most feared by new drivers, insurance cost.

How to minimise insurance cost

Don’t underestimate how much insurance can come to. A teenager could go out and buy that £800 car, only to find the insurance will cost them another £2,000 or more. However, there are ways to keep the cost down. Taking that advanced driving course will show insurers you are serious, and they will see you as a lower risk and adjust your premium accordingly. You could also look into companies that provide reduced rates for young drivers who agree to having a black box in their car, or to follow a “curfew” whereby they will not drive during certain hours, typically in the middle of the night.

Choose a car that will keep on teaching you

As a new driver, you will still be learning every day. Choose a car that will help you do just that. Don’t go for something with power-everything and lots of driver aids. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, however. One of the best learning experiences you can have is by driving an older car, and many new drivers choose a popular classic such as a VW Beetle, Morris Minor or classic Mini.

One thing is for sure, you will stand out from your friends, and you will definitely have a first car you will never forget. Drive safely out there.

 

           Kindly written and supplied by JENNIFER DAWSON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could Hypnotherapy help you ?

 

You know you have learnt the theory, and that you can drive. Your instructor is amazing and knows you can drive, that’s why the test is booked, theory or practical.

Then it creeps in, the anxiety, often it fades away but sometimes it starts as a nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach, nausea, racing heartbeat and sweating – and ends up as a paralysing phobia; worse than any movie. It’s really common but that doesn’t help - no matter how often well-meaning family and friends try to reassure you, telling you it’s irrational.

How can you learn to control your anxiety and nerves like you have learnt to control your car?

In many ways it’s mind over matter – however that classic- “fear or flight” response isn’t very helpful (unless you’re living in cave and needing to fight a woolly mammoth).

So here are some simple tips to start you on the road to confidence.

The Basics: Eat and drink rubbish and you won’t feel great. Take care of yourself, avoid skipping meals and choose foods that make you feel good. Alcohol the night before can also trigger blood sugar imbalance.

Caffeine: A known trigger for anxiety. Give the latte and cappuccino a swerve – it can benefit your anxiety, as well as boosting your bank balance.

Manage your stress levels:  A common cause for anxiety is long exposure to stress. Do what you can to lower your stress levels: exercise, take more breaks, meditation, mindfulness yoga, etc…

Affirmations: Hand write (yes with a pen and not on a keyboard!) – some positive affirmations about your driving skills. Your ability to drive calmly and confidently, staying relaxed. For example. “I’m calm, comfortable and relaxed while driving and I have the skills I need to pass” Read them before you go to sleep and, in the morning, whilst you clean your teeth. Say them aloud and imagine yourself driving while feeling calm and relaxed. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple exercise (even if you feel a bit ridiculous, if you really want to go for it look in the mirror right at yourself whilst you say it).

If you’re really struggling you might want to consider getting professional help. Hypnotherapy can achieve great results in just a few sessions. Negative thoughts trigger the anxiety emotion and hypnosis can help your unconscious to relax, reduce anxiety and become more confident.

Here’s a little of what two terrified learner drivers said after a couple of one hour sessions, Full review on my website www.dianetaylor@co.uk

   “…… I felt like a completely different person, my driving instructor said the same and I passed 6TH time, wish I would have gone sooner…”

“………Diane really helped me get over my anxiety with driving, without her, I would not have passed my test….”   This client had already failed four times.

 

To discuss how hypnotherapy can work alongside your instructor to help drive your anxiety away, call 07808 395651 or email info@dianetaylor.co.uk.

Check out my website www.dianetaylor.co.uk and FB page Diane Taylor, The Counselling Room.

 

 

 

 

In the last 12 years, more than 62,000 people have died or been seriously hurt in a road traffic accident, with over 500,000 injured in work-related road crashes. Employees required to drive for their jobs are becoming an increasingly vulnerable sector. But while these may be worrying figures, advanced driving courses can significantly reduce the risk faced by all road users, especially those driving for work. 

Work-related crashes cost employers £2.7 billion

Not just devasting for everyone involved, road accidents have considerable reputational, financial, and legal implications for employers. Whether it involves company cars, commercial vehicles, or staff driving their own cars for work-related appointments. Business-related road crashes cost employers over £2.7 billion each year.

Employer responsibility

If you are an employer, the law requires you to consider the health and safety competencies of your employees when you task them with a job. You are obliged to ensure that they are adequately trained before being exposed to any workplace risks. And remember, for professional drivers, their workplace is the road.

Driver mistakes cause 95% of collisions 

Mistakes by drivers cause 95% of accidents on the road, figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveal. For employees, improving your driving skills is the best way for you to reduce your own risk of being hurt and also the risk for other road users. 

Reduce your risk when driving for work

Regardless of how long you have held your driving license, you are likely to have forgotten some of what you were taught and go on to develop your own bad habits. But that is why further training is so important in helping you become a better, more prepared and vigilant driver who can spot signs of danger and able to take better control of the car.

Advanced drivers 25% less likely to crash

When a driver becomes an advanced driver they become 25 percent less likely to be involved in a road accident, says RoSPA. Advanced drivers are more observant and better at anticipating changes. These improved driving skills and road knowledge will also save you money on the costs of running and protecting your work vehicle.

Regain skills many drivers forget

An advanced driving course will show you how to drive with confidence and in a safe way on all types of roads. The course will include reading the road ahead, vehicle positioning, dealing with different weather conditions and economic driving. All skills that many drivers gradually lose or forget.

Improve your driving skills for business and home

The advanced skills will make a much safer and more efficient driver. These improved skills will not just benefit your employer’s business, it will have also have a positive impact on your own personal driving skills outside of work. 

The road can be a dangerous place for any road user. For people who drive for work, however, the risks of being involved in a road traffic accident is far greater. But by improving your driver knowledge, skills and confidence on the road you can help to protect your own safety and those of other road users.

 

Kindly written and supplied by Jennifer Dawson

 

 How to Feel Safer on the Road and Protect Yourself from Aggressive Driver

Kindly written and supplied by Lisa, a freelance writer and enjoys writing about subjects such as road safety, women in sport and travel, and when isn’t writing can be found relaxing with a good book.
 
 

It’s an obvious fact that driving is one of the most stressful activities. Even the best drivers have found themselves cursing under their breath or yelling at one another when running late for work, stuck in a bad traffic, or just having a bad day. While feeling irritated and stressed is quite normal, a problem may arise when these feelings escalate into aggressive driving or road rage.

According to a recent study, aggressive driving contributes to over 66% of road fatalities every year. More so, 50% of drivers usually respond to aggressive driving in kind. So how can you feel safe on the road and protect yourself from aggressive drivers? Here are some of the ways.

1. Remain calm
Even if the other driver is behaving aggressively or angrily, it’s very important to remain courteous and calm. If another driver behaves aggressively by tailgating or cutting you off, your reaction to his behavior will definitely determine what takes place next. You need to try as much as possible to avoid any conflict. If he tries to engage you in an argument just ignore and drive off.

2. Reduce your stress and don’t take it personally
When driving along the highway you need to listen to soothing music. Make sure you are sitting in a good position and you are comfortable. Most importantly, you need to understand that the traffic is beyond your control hence you can only react to it. In the end,
you may realize that anger, personal frustration, and impatience are some of the worst things while driving.

3. Avoid making eye contact or using inflammatory gestures
Even if you don’t intend to challenge them, an eye contact can be perceived differently. Since many aggressive drivers are often driven by frustrations and personal insecurities, they can easily be angered by something as simple as an eye contact. Although it can be tempting to honk or make inflammatory gestures, doing so can inflame the other driver. Instead of releasing your anger and frustration this way, wait until you are through before sharing your situation with a friend or a family member.

4. Be a courteous driver
As a driver, there are some examples that you set that can really encourage other drivers. It’s, therefore, very important to control yourself and behave responsibly. Even most
car insurance groups encourage drivers to be courteous.

5. Talk to others
The best way to relieve yourself is to share recent road rage with your friends and family members or even community members. By doing this, you will better understand the situation and know how to protect yourself in future.

6. Report aggressive drivers
There are some countries and states that have contacts that you can use to report drivers. You just need to keep the number of the vehicle. Next, make a call and give out a full description of the vehicle. This could help you prevent any future strategy.

Although you may not have the capacity to avoid all aggressive driving situations, if you keep your head up and master these tips, you will have the best chance of greatly reducing any possible encounters. By doing this, you will also set the best example for young drivers who are always looking up to you. Remember, car insurance groups rarely compensate any accident caused by careless driving.