By: Natasha Archary
Despite a 5% decline in road fatalities in South Africa during the festive period compared to 2019, a total of 690 deaths is nothing to celebrate. Regardless of the hundreds of roadblocks and other measures to urge motorists to exercise caution, over a hundred thousand motorists were still issued with fines for numerous traffic offences.
The culture of speed and a disregard for road rules remains a high-risk issue in the country.
To improve your driving skills and better prepare you to assess situations on the road, an advanced driving course could be a safe bet. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking one:
1. Saves lives
An advanced driving course can equip a driver with essential information that can help prevent crashes. These include adjusting vehicle settings for dangerous weather conditions, crash avoidance training, treacherous route adaption, quick steering and other hands-on techniques. All courses are designed to improve your driving skills and keep you safer on the roads.
2. Improves fuel consumption
Advanced driver training gives you tips for techniques to help you drive in the most economical way to keep fuel consumption low.
3. Reduces wear and tear expenses
Naturally if you drive better you’re easier on your vehicle. With softer pressure on gears, brakes and steering control, you won’t be replacing expensive parts often.
4. Insurance ratings improve
The chances of an accident are lower for drivers with advanced training, improving your driving score with many insurance brands and possibly taking your premiums down. Follow up with your insurance provider on clauses around advanced driving certification and rewards.
5. Ensures vehicle is road compliant
With advanced driving courses designed to make you a better driver, you will understand your vehicle better. Understanding the basics, such as tyre pressure and thread, warning lights, brake condition etc., puts you in control of your vehicle.
Most vehicle brands offer an advanced driving course for customers, some at no additional cost. The certification goes up various levels from beginner to expert and holds weight in the driving community for skill and experience.