Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on identifying hazards.

    • Anticipate hazards and spot them earlier. In doing so, you will be able to avoid any potential dangers.
    • Think about what might happen. Junction warning signs give early notice that a driver may be waiting to pull out ahead. Most warning signs for junctions indicate that a serious road traffic incident has occurred there.
    • Observe others. Expect and plan for their actions.
    • Use your mirrors so that you are aware of what is going on around you.
    • Remember, hazards can include bends and junctions. Expect that there may be a car peeping or a cyclist around the bend, this will allow you enough time to respond safely.

    Elstow said: “Hazards can be anything from a tree branch to a child walking along the pavement. Anticipating what other road users might do is key to being prepared and becoming a safer driver.”