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Obviously, temperament is important. Being tolerant and calm in tricky situations is a real bonus whereas panic and a quick temper is unlikely to be helpful.

Quick-thinking on the other hand is an asset.

Whilst many of us may not naturally be tolerant and calm, the self-awareness necessary to overcome our bad habits and learn from our mistakes is part and parcel of being a good driver. There is always something to learn.

Courtesy to other users on the road is crucial. Just like car drivers, other pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are entitled to be there and all users have to share the road together. That’s where patience and tolerance is key to avoiding adverse consequences.

More practically, smooth gear changes, acceleration, braking and steering is good driving – for the vehicle and the passengers. By driving smoothly and in anticipation of other road users and pedestrians, we are better prepared to deal with events ahead such as icy or wet surfaces, runaway balls or scared animals. By being aware and paying attention, we can act on the information around us to anticipate and avoid problems rather than having to react to them.

Finally, common sense has a role to play in being a good driver. Tiredness, distractions and apathy can lead to accidents, so a good driver tries to minimise the risks and knows how to mitigate them when they occur, for example by stopping for a rest or a drink.

No matter when we passed our test, being a good driver is an ever-evolving skill that needs constant attention for the benefit of everyone on the road.


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