Defensive driving calls for the acknowledgment of road signs and rules along with the basic use of common sense. Being aware of what these signs mean and knowing what to do or what not to do is very essential in times like these where the number of cars on our roads are increasing daily.
Road signs and rules are put into place to protect all road users, whether you are a driver or you’re a pedestrian, road signs and rules apply to us all. We at BestQuote always promote the healthy/active use of these said signs and rules.
The below are key points all road users should adhere to when driving on our busy roads.
1) Speed Limits
2) Traffic Signs & Signals
4) Applying the 1 car length rule
It is gravely important that you comply with the speed limits. Ever so often, we may find ourselves running late, and as a result we may go over the speed limit, however we caution you to be mindful when doing this and try your best to avoid it. We should also note that if you’re caught over the speed limit, you can be either fined or imprisoned. Our highest speed limit here in Barbados is 80 kph on most roads especially highways. Some areas where schools are located close by and country roads usually have the speed limit set to under 80 kph.
Traffic Signs & Signals
Do you know what a no parking sign looks like? How about a no entry sign? It can be argued that some people who’ve been driving for many years don’t know what some of the most basic road signs mean or even look like. Can you describe what the “giveaway” sign looks like? When asked these questions, sometimes our minds may go blank, luckily when we sit and think, it usually comes back to us. We believe that all road users should refresh their memories every chance they get with what these signs mean and also what they look like.
Whether it is the use of hand signals, indicators or hazard lights, we advise all road users to signal. Signaling helps other drivers and road users alike to notice your actions, so they too can comply. For example, if you are slowing down, you can use your hand signals to show this, and then your hazard lights to show you’ve come to complete stop. If you wish to make a right turn, simply hit your right indicator and go. It is that easy. Who knows, it may even save you from an accident.
Applying the one car length rule
This should be quite straight forward, as the name says it all. When learning to drive, most of us were taught that all cars should at least be one (1) car length behind the vehicle in front of them. This is because it gives you enough room to come to a complete stop if the vehicle in front of you were to hit the brakes suddenly or if they were to break down in the road, you’d enough room to maneuver from behind then and carry on your merry way. Imagine being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and a car breaks down 2 cars ahead, that would be a stressful situation.
So, the next time you sit behind the wheel in your vehicle, try to remember the important points given in this blog. You never know when one of these tips may come in handy.
If you’re looking for the best rates in car insurance, give us a call at 1-246-537-0140 or visit our website at www.BestQuoteBB.com