The Birmingham-based motoring safety charity, DriveSafe, has published a new handbook that aims to increase driver confidence, comfort and courtesy.
‘DriveSafe – An Essential Guide for Motorists’ is a 60-page book published by DriveSafe, in association with the DriveSafe & StaySafe charity partnership, Goodmedia Ltd and Aston University. The book has been published to coincide with the third anniversary of the charity’s ‘Courtesy on the Road’ campaign.
DriveSafe offers practical advice and tips on how to deal with everything from car maintenance to road rage. Initially it was aimed purely at women drivers but has now expanded and reaches out to all drivers.
Fay Goodman, DriveSafe founder, has produced this new book as a follow up to ‘DriveSafe for Female Motorists’ which was published in 2005.
The new edition provides advice on everything from routine car maintenance and journey preparation to what to do if you have a breakdown or are involved in an accident or aggressive incident. There is also a section devoted to helping people achieve their safer driving goals.
The advice results from research by Aston University PHD student Holly Gwyther which showed 90% of those surveyed were concerned about driving in certain road or traffic conditions, had lost confidence or were getting angry with other drivers.
Fay Goodman said: “The new edition of our DriveSafe book aims to save lives and improve the quality of life of all drivers, from young men because they are most at risk of being involved in an accident to older females who are often fearful of driving.
“Pre-planning plays a major role in helping us to keep more focused and less stressed to deal with any difficulties we may encounter on the road.”
The book supports DriveSafe’s Courtesy on the Road campaign, which encourages drivers to be more courteous and understanding.