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See and be seen when it comes to road safety

See and be seen when it comes to road safety

Posted On 01 Nov, 2017

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With winter approaching and the night’s drawing in, safety is on every driver’s mind. If you have a child of school age, you will probably hear a lot from them about how to stay safe on the roads as a pedestrian. The following guide offers some of those educational gems of wisdom that will ensure you, as a driver, stay safe on the road.

Children will be told to wear bright colours and reflective materials. The driver’s equivalent is of course, the headlights. Ensure that even when it’s not completely dark out, you put them on so you can be seen by drivers and pedestrians alike. Most cars for sale in the UK these days will have automatic headlights, but for some older models, you may still have to put them on manually – so make it a habit.

This also applies when driving in enclosed spaces like tunnels, as well as in bad weather Conditions. Do remember not to be too fast and loose with your fog lights – it’s tempting to put them on as soon it gets a little foggy, but this can often be hazardous and can dazzle drivers. They should only be used when fog is seriously limiting visibility on the roads. When buying a used car, you may find that bulbs need replacing more often. Make sure you check all your lights periodically to ensure that they are working effectively.

Changing bulbs is actually surprisingly easy even for novices, and most manufacturers will have videos available online that will show you how. Luckily, safety features in cars are better than ever. Technology has moved on to the point where cars offer automatic braking and lane change prevention, to reduce accidents. Newer second hand cars often feature this technology – reputable second hand schemes like Hertz Rent2Buy deal in cars less than 24 months old. This makes it much more likely that you can find a car with these safety features already in place.

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