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10 links that will make you a better driver for your next road trip

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No matter how many road trips you’ve been on, there are plenty of ways in which you can improve your driving skills. Here are another ten links that will help you become a better driver for your next adventure:

1. The car practical driving test

https://www.gov.uk/practical-driving-test-for-cars/independent-driving-section-of-the-test

This official site gives you all the information you need to pass your driving test. If it’s quite a while since you passed, it’s a good idea to give yourself a mental refresher every now and again too so why not re-test yourself and see how you’d get on under today’s testing scrutiny?

2. Music in the car

Music on GlobalGrasshopper.com

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-effects-music-driving-3639935.html?cat=27

The effects of listening to music while you are driving can be both positive and negative. If it is too loud or too absorbing it can be a distraction but studies have shown listening to music can also relax you and improve your driving skills.

3. Too much routine

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100218092800.htm

This study looks at the effects of having too much routine in your daily commute. It is an example of where familiarity can become a distraction.

4. What’s your starsign?

Astromony

http://channels.isp.netscape.com/whatsnew/package.jsp?name=fte/driverszodiac/driverszodiac

Believe it or not another study has found that your driving skills might be influenced by your starsign!? Libras, start to pay more attention!

5. Children

http://abcnews.go.com/US/worst-driving-distractions-road-kids/story?id=18684711#.UZAHfaKkpGQ

One of the most distracting things a driver can be subjected to is a car full of kids. Making sure your little ones are kept occupied while you drive is very important and this link can help.

6. Being attentive

Joshua Tree National Park sunset on GlobalGrasshopper.com

http://nj1015.com/is-daydreaming-the-worst-driver-distraction-pollaudio/

There are plenty of other types of distractions a driver can face and here are this link highlights the top three.

7. Fuel efficiency

http://eartheasy.com/move_fuel_efficient_driving.html

Knowing how to make the most of your fuel consumption can be an important part of being a good modern driver. This link has plenty of advice to help you get started.

8. Apps

Top 10 Travel Apps

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/products/10-diagnostic-apps-and-devices-to-make-you-a-better-driver#slide-1

There are plenty of apps on the market that can give you real time feedback about how you are driving and help you work on the bad points and improve on the good.

9. Drink driving

http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html

It is against the law to be above the legal limit for blood alcohol if you are behind the wheel but even a small amount can impair your driving skills. Learn more with this great driving link.

10. Air Conditioning or windows?

Car

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/hybrid-technology/driving-with-windows-down.htm

Making sure your cabin environment is at the right temperature can impact on your levels of alertness as well as general visibility so knowing how to use your Air conditioning setting correctly can be very important.

Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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