Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Safe Driving Tips.

You are not yet a good driver if you cannot drive
‘perfectly’ in any weather, at any season of the
year and any time (day or night). By perfectly, I
mean a ‘safe’ drive. Driving safely is all about
adhering to a basic set of rules before and while
behind the wheel. Whether you are driving to work
or for leisure, it’s important that you take care of
some vital things to make every drive a safe and
enjoyable experience.

Check your tyres
Do ensure that your tyres are in good condition.
Tyres that are excessively worn need immediate
replacement as they become a safety hazard.
Also, don’t forget to get your tyres inflated to the
correct pressure and be sure your spare tyre is
ready for a quick change. It is also recommended
that you keep a pressure gauge available in the
vehicle; so that you can check the pressure as
recommended in the owner’s manual. And while
you’re at it, you might want to rotate your tyres
every now and then to facilitate even wear and
consistent performance.

Watch your speed
It might be great fun to cruise along the highway with the music blaring, but you may soon find
yourself crossing the speed limit! Besides, endangering your own well being, being too eager to push your car to the limits can also prove
hazardous for other drivers. So, keep a tab on your speed at all times. Keep an eye out for unpleasant weather
Roads are at their trickiest almost immediately after a downpour, as a lot of oily substances build up due to dripping engine oil and other fluids. When it rains, it brings these oils to the surface making it really slippery. In such a scenario, your car may start gliding or hydroplaning. The most important thing to remember is not to panic or slam on the brakes.
Immediately lift your foot off the accelerator,
keeping a firm grip on the steering, and let the vehicle glide until you feel your vehicle picking up traction. Also, if you are driving in a thunderstorm and visibility is poor, it makes sense to pull over
and wait it out. You could also run the risk of getting struck by lightning, especially in wide
open spaces or mountain roads, so stay in your car and pull off the road.
Timely maintenance
Last, but not least, do remember that you can
keep your car in perfect shape with proper service and timely maintenance. “Prevention,” they say,
“is better than cure.” Preventive maintenance will not only grant your car a long life, but will also keep your mind at rest whenever there is a need to march on the gas pedal.

Written by Kunle Shonaike


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