Driving At Higher Speeds – Where To Look
May 05, 2017 at 6:16 PM
Driving fast means that you have less time to react to hazards and the car responds differently than it would at lower speeds. These two factors significantly increase your chances of having a crash. Therefore, you need to use your eyes more to know exactly what is going on behind you, ahead of you, and around you.
Here are some tips on where to look when driving at higher speeds:
- Look 12 seconds ahead or more for any possible hazards and regularly scan between your car and the point 12 seconds ahead. Remember that 12 seconds is a lot further when you’re travelling at 100km/h than when you are travelling at 40km/h.
- Keep your eyes on side roads, other lanes and merge lanes to know what is happening around your vehicle.
- Keep checking your mirrors regularly especially when slowing down. How often you need to check your mirrors depends on the speed you are travelling at, the amount of traffic on the road, as well as the road conditions.