Scenes like this might feel like distant memory, however as many employees return to work in the coming weeks and shops begin to open, driving will again become the norm and may well increase as people try to avoid public transport. Having driven no further than the local supermarket for months, skill fade is a going to be a potential factor in the cause of accidents on our roads.
The skills and behaviours we gained while daily commuting through our cities, towns and along our motorways will not be as they were. Add to this additional road users, longer working days / compressed hours where employers manage the Covid-19 risk in the work place and the probable associated increase in fatigue, there is going to be a consequence to these changes in our lives.
Remember the basics of driving:
• Don’t drive when tired – stop, take a 20 minute break
• Be passive, leave space – remember the 2 second rule
• Scan the road and pavements ahead not just what is in front of you
• If you stop in a queue and you cant see the tyres and tarmac behind the vehicle in front, you’re too close!
• Hands free phone calls only and don’t dial out. Answer with a short message “I’ll call you back”
• Allow plenty of time for your journey – the traffic at present is in no way predictable