How to improve your driver score: Braking

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The Zego Sense app monitors a variety of driving behaviours to create your driver score. One of these factors is braking.

The Sense app detects when you may brake more harshly than you need to, which could lead to accidents.

But don’t worry, we have helpful tips to show you how you can improve your driving! You should always brake gently while driving (except if you need to brake immediately in an emergency to avoid a hazard – even so, try to avoid braking so harshly that your wheels lock, which can lead to a loss of control).

Tips for safe braking

Keeping a good distance

Always make sure you keep well back from the road user in front of you. Stopping distances are often longer than you think - check out the recommended stopping distances from the AA.

Coming to a stop

If you’re coming up to a red light, stop sign or junction, always make sure you come to a stop early and lightly. Brake more firmly as you begin to stop, and ease the pressure off just before the vehicle comes to rest in order to avoid a jerky stop.

Braking in bad weather

Wet or icy conditions can increase the stopping distance of your vehicle, aka how long it takes for your vehicle to come to a halt after you’ve applied the brakes.  This is because your tires have less grip/friction on the road.

To avoid harsh braking, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Drive slower, brake more gently than usual, and always keep a good distance away from the driver in front of you.

In icy weather, it may help to drive at a slow speed in a higher gear, braking very gently.

Braking around a bend

When going around a bend, it can help to think about your braking. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach the bend. This will allow you to take the bend smoothly, having already slowed down, so that you don’t need to brake suddenly, which could make you skid.

Plan ahead

Sometimes you may brake harshly due to an unexpected hazard. Always make sure you stay aware when you’re driving to help you to anticipate these hazards, and allow you to slow down more gently. Stay alert, avoid distractions like mobile phones, and rest if you feel too tired to drive.

And remember that stopping distances are always longer in wet or icy weather.