The one skill you should practice that will significantly improve your driving.

One of the most important driving skills for any driver is to be aware, and itís scary just how many drivers aren't. Whether you want to be a faster driver or a safer driver, being aware means that youíre better prepared to anticipate what will happen next and ready to tackle it.

Being aware when driving involves a few different habits that should be practised all the time. The ingredients to being aware can be summed up with the acronym AGKLM, commonly referred to at driving school as All Good Kids Like Milk, and it goes like this:


Aim high when steering. Youíre never going to drive fast if you donít look farther than a few metres in front of the bonnet. Itís important to look ahead and be constantly judging upcoming conditions. As you practise this, youíll find steering input becomes smoother and braking less hard. This is a skill that will always help too, not just when in traffic or tackling an intense mountain pass.

Get the big picture. Create a mental image of where you are in relation to everything around you. Did a sign say the road is about to narrow around the corner and the sun could be in my eyes? Whereís the car I saw in my mirror that could be in my blind spot? Keeping track of other road users and changing conditions in relation to you is an important factor in avoiding accidents and becoming a better driver.

Keep moving your eyes. Amazingly, many road users donít properly correct the mirrors, let alone use them. Make sure you do both and this will feed information into creating a bigger picture of whatís happening around you.

Leave an out. Aggressive drivers donít leave an out so if something does go wrong an accident is almost inevitable - itís better to leave enough space in front of the car so you can react in time and know whatís around you. This also means when enjoying the capabilities of your car that thereís a margin for error, and that a little understeer or oversteer wonít put you into the opposite lane or a tree.

Make yourself visible. Even a road user who is aware might not see you if you sit in their blind spot. Make sure other road users can see you and that you provide proper indication when moving lanes and turning.


Itís a pretty simple set of skills that should be taught to all drivers. But even for competent drivers who want to be fast, this most basic skill is the pathway to smoother steering, acceleration, braking, and to being more confident - ingredients to being quick without sacrificing safety.

Make yourself visible. Even a road user who is aware might not see you if you sit in their blind spot. Make sure other road users can see you and that you provide proper indication when moving lanes and turning.


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