Last week I attended a short Ford Driving Skills for Life course. I learnt a lot within a short time and decided to share the same with you.
Q: How many of us (mommy drivers) have gone for an advanced driving course?
I have not. But doing one preferably by Glen Edmunds is one of my goals. We were challenged by the trainer on how we make an effort to improve other aspects of our lives, but neglect improving on our driving. It was a challenge and be sure to sign up for one ladies. There are several types of advanced driving courses available, some are tailored for ladies, others defensive driving (to counter carjacking), and others on how to drive in difficult conditions (rough terrain and insecure places.)
There were many tips shared, and I will try to exhaust each. I have a disclaimer though; I am no driving expert or car guru, this is just to share what I learnt and keep learning as we need to keep ourselves and our families safe on the roads.
Tip 1: Safety belts.
This is a no brainer Ladies. Seat belts need to be used by ALL passengers ALL the time.
It is a legal requirement in Kenya too.
Why? They reduce chances of fatalities and/ or serious injuries.
Kenyan statistics are not easy to come by on seat belt usage, but it is a challenge. As you drive, make sure all your passengers are belted up too. You would not want them to become missiles in case of a crash now would you?
Here is an article on the same.http://www.machakos-orthopaedics.org/single-post/2016/02/17/Should-I-really-wear-my-seat-belt
I do not even want to get started on those who drive with their children in the front seat or between the driver’s legs. We can and should do better as parents. If I see you do this, I call you out there and then. It does not matter if I know you or not. What is the point in belting up as the driver and not ensuring all the passengers are belted up too? Safety measures apply to all in equal measure.
Below is a clip of an ad advocating use of safety belts that was shared in the class.
Also, as you belt up, ensure the belt is adjusted correctly, you do not want it to cut your jugular in case of impact, or slice your tummy either. Here is a great article on how to ensure you are wearing your belt correctly. https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-wear-your-seat-belt-properly-by-jason-unrau
This really hit close to home as I realized I was wearing my seat belt wrong this whole time. You also need to adjust the belt every time you use it. H is much taller than I am so he adjusts differently and if I fail to do so when I drive well, let us not discuss the possible ‘‘headless” scenario.
Until the next tip, let us belt up and make it a rule that every passenger in your car belts up too.