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Safe driving: 5 useful tips for the new year

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LeasePlan has identified five areas where we can all make improvements to our driving – each with handy ideas for resolutions we can make to keep our journeys safe, peaceful and sustainable. Which habits will you adopt in 2022?
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1. Be a distraction-free driver

LeasePlan has identified five areas where we can all make improvements to our driving – each with handy ideas for resolutions we can make to keep our journeys safe, peaceful and sustainable. Which habits will you adopt in 2022?

  • Set your phone to ‘Do not disturb’ before you get into the car.
  • Don’t take call & video calls in the car.
  • If it is necessary to answer a call, you should find a safe parking area.

2. Be a car-care expert

We rely on our vehicles to get around, so we need to take good care of them! You don’t need to be a qualified mechanic – LeasePlan can look after that for you – but make sure you can at least identify when your car isn’t safe to drive, and take preventative measures to keep things running smoothly.

  • If other people drive your car, always check the mirror positions before setting off.
  • Make maintenance, tyre and other appointments on time – don’t leave it too late.
  • Check tyre pressure and tread – and then check them every three months.

3. Be a peaceful driver

Driving is safer, less stressful experience when we keep things in perspective, set a good example for others and look out for those around us. You can even find ways to use your commute productively! We advise you to:

  • Keep road rage at bay – try to stay calm when driving.
  • Avoid rush hour when possible.
  • Be tolerant of other road users, especially cyclists.
  • Try car yoga as a peaceful new activity.

4. Be a safe driver

Safety is paramount, and it comes from knowledge, experience and attention. But comfort also plays a role: the more comfortable you are, the less distracted you’ll be. Take sufficient breaks for hydration and stretching, especially on a long road trip. To stay safe on the road, make sure to …

  • Take a 15-minute break for every two hours you drive.
  • Invest in a back support for better posture while driving – your body will thank you!

5. Be a sustainable driver

Historically, driving has been a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and the overconsumption of resources. Today, with smarter choices about what and how we drive, we can all do our bit to protect the world around us. Here are some handy ‘eco-tips’:

  • Arrange to carpool with friends and colleagues to cut down on energy use and emissions.
  • If you have a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, charge it more frequently to save electricity.
  • For journeys that take under 10 minutes by car, choose to walk or take public transport instead.

LeasePlan’s SafePlan Zero

Of course, LeasePlan is here to support you. We’re serious about making our fleet the safest in the industry, accelerating change by calling for low-speed communities and working towards zero road-traffic accidents across our fleet by 2030. Moreover, it includes content, tools, guidelines and reports on the three main safety areas: drivers, vehicles and fleet management

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Published at February 28, 2022
February 28, 2022
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