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Advice

Don’t let your commute leave you feel defeated

Blog post posted on 13/06/18 |
Advice

Now that half term is over, the chaos of the commute to work has resumed for some drivers. However, it doesn’t have to be a hectic journey. IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, has put together five tips which can help you have a smooth, stress-free commute to and from work.

  • Check your route. The majority of people travel to work at the same time so it’s always a good idea to plan your journey. Take a look at the route you’re taking to see if there are any incidents or roadworks that can cause delay. If there are, can you take another way to work?

     

  • Keep an eye on the road. Driving on a busy road can be intense. One minute you’re driving smoothly and the next you’re having to stop and start. It’s crucial that you’re always on the ball and stay alert throughout your journey

     

  • Watch out for other road users. This links to keeping your eye on the road. Make sure you regularly check your mirrors for any motorcycles or cyclists that are passing or filtering. Busy roads can also mean your vision is limited so be sure to look out for any pedestrians crossing the road

     

  • Check your car on a weekly basis. Commuting to work on a daily basis can take its toll on your car. That’s why you need to give it the care it needs. Make sure you check your oil and fluid levels as well as lights, tyre pressure and condition every week

     

  • What’s the weather going to be like? Checking the weather beforehand can give you an idea of when to leave. Not only this, it can prepare you for your journey so you don’t feel anxious about getting to work on time

Richard says: “Our daily commute can become the time we pay the least attention to our driving - don’t let yourself become complacent. Plan it as if it was a new adventure each day and try to keep your concentration levels up. If you can vary the route it may keep you interested and the change of scenery may be enjoyable. If you can stagger your start time you may be able to avoid the worst of the traffic.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1.      Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.

2.      IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit the new website www.iamroadsmart.com

To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/local-groups

Media contacts:

Further information from:

IAM RoadSmart press office – 020 8996 9777 

press.office@iam.org.uk / www.iamroadsmart.com

ISDN broadcast lines available

Follow us:

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/IAMRoadSmart

On Twitter: @IAMRoadSmart  

ENDS ALL

 

Insight

Don’t let your commute leave you feel defeated

Blog post posted on 13/06/18 |
Advice

Now that half term is over, the chaos of the commute to work has resumed for some drivers. However, it doesn’t have to be a hectic journey. IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, has put together five tips which can help you have a smooth, stress-free commute to and from work.

  • Check your route. The majority of people travel to work at the same time so it’s always a good idea to plan your journey. Take a look at the route you’re taking to see if there are any incidents or roadworks that can cause delay. If there are, can you take another way to work?

     

  • Keep an eye on the road. Driving on a busy road can be intense. One minute you’re driving smoothly and the next you’re having to stop and start. It’s crucial that you’re always on the ball and stay alert throughout your journey

     

  • Watch out for other road users. This links to keeping your eye on the road. Make sure you regularly check your mirrors for any motorcycles or cyclists that are passing or filtering. Busy roads can also mean your vision is limited so be sure to look out for any pedestrians crossing the road

     

  • Check your car on a weekly basis. Commuting to work on a daily basis can take its toll on your car. That’s why you need to give it the care it needs. Make sure you check your oil and fluid levels as well as lights, tyre pressure and condition every week

     

  • What’s the weather going to be like? Checking the weather beforehand can give you an idea of when to leave. Not only this, it can prepare you for your journey so you don’t feel anxious about getting to work on time

Richard says: “Our daily commute can become the time we pay the least attention to our driving - don’t let yourself become complacent. Plan it as if it was a new adventure each day and try to keep your concentration levels up. If you can vary the route it may keep you interested and the change of scenery may be enjoyable. If you can stagger your start time you may be able to avoid the worst of the traffic.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1.      Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.

2.      IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit the new website www.iamroadsmart.com

To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/local-groups

Media contacts:

Further information from:

IAM RoadSmart press office – 020 8996 9777 

press.office@iam.org.uk / www.iamroadsmart.com

ISDN broadcast lines available

Follow us:

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/IAMRoadSmart

On Twitter: @IAMRoadSmart  

ENDS ALL