Safety first, our approach to cornering
Crashing your car will be expensive, and Insurance Premiums are sure to go up. Wouldn’t you rather have that money to spend on more enjoyable things?
But wasting money shouldn’t be your primary motivator for managing and controlling your speed when driving. Valuing your life and that of other road users should be your main concern.
Speed restrictions have a purpose beyond disrupting your busy schedule!
Every road you travel on will have speed controls (measures) in place. The Highways Authority determine speed restrictions by what’s known of the route: its layout, obstacles, side roads and anticipated human or animal influences. Near a school or a residential area for example.
The speed limit will take all this information into account, and they are set for logical reasons. The sole purpose of those restrictions is to keep you and other road users safe.
Gauging your speed
Knowing what’s happening in and outside your car will help you to control both it and any situations that arise, rather than allow them to control you.
Aside from the obvious; keeping a constant eye on your Speedometer; there are other ways to manage your speed to keep it within safe parameters.
Your vehicle control capabilities play a significant role
Take, for instance, when you drive through a bend. The physical forces change both in and outside of the car. The higher the speed you’re travelling, the more changes will likely come into effect.
Your body will feel the centrifugal forces and try to push you, and you will slide in the seat towards the outside of the bend. Meanwhile, outside of the car, the suspension springs are rolled down on one side and up on the other.
The wheels are having to deal with keeping you on the road. Push too hard, and there will come the point when the tyres lose grip and, like you in the seat, the car will begin to slide. This is where the skid begins and eventually leads to a crash.
Speed, gears, reactions: working together
Consider this: The faster you go, the quicker you need to process the information from the situation unfolding before you. Going too fast will not allow enough time for your brain to transmit the signal that tells you how to react.
So be mindful to adjust your speed and be in the correct gear before entering the bend. Make sure your vehicle feels stable, and the tyres have ample grip as you drive through.
No skill is required to crash your car — quite the opposite in fact. But skill is necessary to handle your car, and its speed, safely.