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 ways to improve your driving for the new year:

    • Look out: Observe what is happening on the road ahead to give yourself more time to identify and respond to hazards.
    • Anticipate what the traffic around you may do especially at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions.
    • Room: Make sure you keep space around your vehicle to leave you more time to deal with hazards.
    • Refuel: When embarking on longer journeys, take a break every two hours.
    • Mirror-effect: Use all your mirrors regularly so that you have 360 degree awareness of what is going on around you.
    • Don’t presume: Never assume that another motorist has seen you or will react in the same way you might.
    • Learn: Be open minded and realistic about your limitations and always be prepared to learn from any errors you make.

    Elstow said: “The new year is a common time for people to sit back, reflect and revaluate. Why not begin by making changes to your driving to make you safer on the road in 2012?”