Coast on the motorway
Thank goodness for motorways. They’re the backbone of most countries’ road infrastructure. At their best they offer the opportunity to cover long distances briskly and economically. But when things don’t go so well you can be stuck for hours and hours…
Positive news to start with… if you follow the advice in this chapter we can reduce your risk levels to almost zero. But before you venture onto the motorway, you might like to think about a few facts and figures.
Motorways may be our fastest roads, but statistically they’re also our safest. Only three per cent of accidents and four per cent of serious injuries occur on motorways.
Compare that with 23 per cent of accidents and 50 per cent of injuries on cross country routes – and 74 per cent of accidents and 46 per cent of injuries on urban roads.
There are generally two types of motorway, rural and urban. Driving on quiet, rural motorways can be dull, so it’s vital to concentrate even harder on what’s going on. When you’re on a busy urban motorway it’s important to keep a close eye on everything that’s going on around you. Other vehicles will be joining and leaving, slowing down and accelerating, so it’s important to know what’s going on.
Crashes on motorways tend to be far more serious or even fatal, partly because of the high speeds involved with motorway journeys. That’s why time and space are so important on the motorway. You can see a long way ahead, but when you’re going along at seventy miles an hour, you can quickly come up against a problem that only seconds before looked as if it was light years away!
So,make sure you COAST on your motorway journeys: Concentration, Observation and Anticipation give you Space and Time.