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Improving your acceleration: allowing enough time

If you're getting less than perfect acceleration feedback from ingenie, the chances are you're in a bit of a rush on the road.

Allowing enough time to get to where you need to be is a surefire way of getting better acceleration feedback messages - and result in you being an overall better, safer driver.

Start your observation early

As you approach a junction or roundabout or any other place where traffic may be slowing down or coming to a stop, make sure you're starting your observation early. What else can you see going on where a car might do something that causes you to stop suddenly?

Harsh acceleration can also happen when you've misjudged what's happening on the road. You might feel yourself pressing down hard on the gas to get out of the way of another driver - when really you should have waited until you had time to drive away safely.

Life can get pretty busy at times and it's easy to slip into poor driving habits. But by just giving yourself an extra 5 or 10 minutes in the morning or after work or college - you'll take the hurry out of your driving and avoid getting yourself into some panicky situations.

Rushing around and constantly being on the gas often doesn’t save as much time as you’d think and it just makes for riskier driving. Giving yourself a bit of extra time will help keep yourself and other road users safe.

ingenie's Driving Feedback Team

Think smooth

If your foot is always on the gas, then it's likely your passengers are always on the edge of their seat. Fast, erratic driving is uncomfortable for any passenger, and often it makes driving less enjoyable for the driver too.

When you're starting and stopping on the road, think smooth. Gentle acceleration when you're ready to pull off and when the road is clear ahead will make for a much nicer drive that is predictable for other drivers.

If you're overdoing the gas - the engine in your car will be the first to let you know. Shortly followed by your Mum, Dad or best mate clinging to their seltbelt.

Looking for some more tips? Here's some extra acceleration help from ingenie's Driver Training.


Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social and content. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.