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  • What makes a good driver?

    'Roadcraft' (The Police Driver's Handbook) states that the qualities of a safe and competent driver are:-

    • critical and honest self-awareness and understanding of your personal characteristics, attitudes and behaviour, which are necessary for safe driving
    • taking action to keep identified risks to a minimum
    • awareness of your own limitations and those of the vehicle and the road 
    • awareness of the risks inherent in particular road and traffic situations
    • concentration and good observation
    • continuously matching the vehicle's direction and speed to the changing conditions
    • skilful use of vehicle controls

    (Roadcraft, Chapter 1, page 3, 2013 edition)

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