Cambridge B1 Preliminary
B1 Preliminary - Reading Multiple Choice Exercise 1
Read the text and then for each question, choose which of the four possible answers is best. Think also about why the other three answers are not possible.
David Williams, a renowned driving safety expert, shares some advice on becoming a better driver. With more than three decades of experience in the field, David has extensive knowledge about safe and efficient driving. He knows more than anyone what makes a dangerous driver and what makes a safe one!
"Driving is an important responsibility and we should always take it seriously," begins David. "We often overlook the basics. Like, for instance, regular maintenance of your vehicle is crucial. A well-functioning vehicle can greatly reduce the risk of accidents."
He also emphasises the importance of being aware of one's surroundings while driving. "You have to keep an eye on what's happening around you - cars, pedestrians, cyclists. And remember, the road doesn't belong to you alone. You need to be aware that everyone on the road is equally important, that driver you are getting impatient with is someone's wife, or husband, or mother or son."
According to David, speed is a common factor in many accidents. People are often in such a hurry and the consequences can be terrible. "Sticking to the speed limit is not just about avoiding fines. It's about safety - both yours and others. Don't let impatience drive you to make poor decisions."
David also talks about the essential role of practice. "Experience is key. The more you practice, the more comfortable you become with handling unexpected situations. New drivers especially should gain experience in different weather conditions and at different times of the day." If you want to be a better driver, keep driving and keep driving safely!
These days, with so many distractions available to a driver in the car, it's never been so easy to take your attention off the road. As for distractions, David has a straightforward message. "Stay away from your phone and don't multitask while driving. Your full attention should be on the road."
For David Williams, being a better driver is not about skill alone. It's about cultivating a sense of responsibility, improving awareness, practicing regularly, and most importantly, staying safe.