Good driving depends on constructive attitudes and consideration for other road users. Attitudes are formed through personal experiences. Reckless or unsafe driver behaviour is attributed to negative attitudes.
Studies have shown that drivers’ attitudes to other road users, speed and risk taking are a good guide to their likelihood of having an accident.
The speed at which you drive is one of the most important factors in determining your risk of having an accident. The faster you go, the less chance you have of taking avoiding action, and the greater your risk of having an accident.
Young, inexperienced drivers run the greatest risk of accidents because they have a greater tendency to take risks and disregard danger. They also see less risk in many traffic situations compared with experienced drivers.
Many drivers take risks to impress other people – for example, young male drivers tend to drive faster when they have young male passengers than when alone or with female passengers.
Positive attitudes that help reduce accident risk are:
A tolerance and consideration for other road users- Remember, The road is there to share. Be tolerant and considerate of other drivers (professional and non-professional), motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians
A realistic appraisal of your own abilities – In the period following training, drivers can get into serious difficulties because they overestimate their new abilities. There is then a danger that your confidence will take you into situations, which you cannot handle, and which might result in an accident. Observe your own driving critically and drive within your know limits.
A high degree of care for your own safety and that of your passengers and other road users – Be prepared to give way, even if it may be your priority. No matter who causes an accident, the result is the same: injury, damage, expense, inconvenience, and misery. Take care and be aware!