Why is good driving important?

Written by Benedict Harrison

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We take a look at some of the benefits of good driving practices.

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In our previous post looking at driving behaviour, we looked at the kind of practices that make somebody a good driver. Although it is often said that everyone thinks they are a good driver, many people aren’t actually aware of some of the ways they could improve their safety behind the wheel.

But why is good driving important in the first place? In this post, we’ll look into some of the benefits of establishing positive driving habits, including improving your own safety as well as those around you and saving money on the cost of running your vehicle.

Save on fuel

There are a number of different ways you can save on fuel, including keeping your vehicle light and checking your tyres regularly. But one of the most effective ways of reducing your fuel spend is to stick to good driving behaviours, such as accelerating gently and watching your speed.

Following best driving practices could see your fuel efficiency improve by 20%, which equates to savings of as much as £50 per month.

Improve your passenger rating score

If you work as a private hire driver, you’ll already know how important it is to maintain a positive passenger rating score. By driving safely, you’ll help put your passengers at ease, which means that they’ll be more likely to reward you with a good score.

Reduce your emissions

Research has shown that a smoother driving style contributes to a reduction in air pollution and helps to reduce emissions by roughly 20%. When air pollution costs the UK up to £18.6B per year, the collective efforts of drivers to stick to good driving practices could make a monumental difference to the environment.

Minimise vehicle downtime

If you use your vehicle for work, the cost of being involved in an incident is not only limited to any excess you may have to pay. You may also lose out on potential earnings or have to pay for the cost of a replacement car.

By driving safely, you can reduce your chances of being involved in an incident. This helps you to minimise your vehicle downtime, keeping you on the road so you can continue working. This is particularly important if you manage a fleet of vehicles, where vehicle downtime can harm the overall operational efficiency of your fleet.

Improve everyone’s safety

When you drive well, you’re not only improving your own safety, but the safety of all other road users. No matter the vehicle you drive, you can contribute to making the roads a better place to be for everyone from lorry drivers to cyclists.

Reduce your premium

If you do not claim on your insurance for a certain amount of time, you will start to build up No Claims Discount (NCD). NCD rewards drivers who haven’t claimed on previous insurance policies by offering them a discount on their premium. If you drive well, you increase your chances of building up NCD, which can help to bring down the cost of your insurance over time.

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