Are you a boy racer? Here’s how to stay safe


Jet around in a Ferrari like a boy racer and you’ll James Dean it eventually, careering off-road or ploughing into a Vauxhall Nova or stopping, skid mark quick, in the middle of the road and feeling the whiplash course through your spinal column.

Every year thousands of people suffer accidents on the road – some of which will be fatal.

Indeed, the number of people making a car crash claim has soared in recent years. The serious damage done to a car crash victim could even earn them claims reaching in the thousands. While this has led to numerous “crash for cash” fraudsters, it’s also resulted in a number of people getting the cash they deserve.

But, naturally, you don’t want to find yourself with a spinal injury just so you can make a bit of moolah. You want a car that’s safe and secure. So what do you need for a drive that won’t threaten your safety?

Keep up with the basics

Unless you’re living somewhere like India, where vehicular safety is yet to be fully modernised, your car should have full safety features included – but it’s up to you to maintain them.

Take your car for regular maintenance checks, or even consider learning basic maintenance yourself. Knowing how to fix your seatbelts, adjust your brake shaft or tweak your engine will allow you to keep your car in tiptop condition.

Mind as you go

The boy racer in you might be gagging to place their foot on the accelerator and feel the wind in their hair, but any prudent driver knows that isn’t wise. To avoid a potentially fatal accident, always drive with due caution.

Although the Highway Code exists to be obeyed, throw in your own safety measures to ensure a smooth drive. You can never do too much to ensure your own peace of mind.

Get with the times

The technology available to us is limitless nowadays, yet you still insist on driving some old banger that barely even has a tape deck, let alone electronic braking systems.

But these systems exist for good reason. With electronic braking, cameras embedded in rear view mirrors, displays telling you the inflation rate of your tyres and much more, a drive without worries is now closer than ever.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of technology. And if tech firm Google get their way, we could be lounging in driverless cars that will automatically take us to our destination. Just imagine how safe you’ll feel in driverless hands!

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