CarSizzler has penned down 10 of the most noteworthy points that you may want to keep in mind while driving.
Driving needs a lot of concentration. While it is not as difficult as a brain surgery but it demands proper alertness. In order to enjoy your morning drive to the workplace amid heavy traffic conditions and harsh weather, your brain needs a good amount of rest before it can stay alert and help you avoid any conflict throughout your drive. So, make sure that you have had plenty of sleep the night before.
- Understand Your Car And It’s Limitations-
Make sure that you drive your car well within its limits. Every car has different limitations, so before going all out on any car, it’s advised to familiarize you with its interiors, exterior dimensions and key components. For e.g., the turn indicators on most of the German and American cars will fall on the left side of the steering wheel, unlike those on the Japanese’. Also different cars have different response timings and behave differently to similar inputs. So, acclimatize yourself before hitting the road.
- Give The Engine A Breather In The Morning-
When you switch on the ignition of your car for the first time in the morning, give it at least 3-5 minutes of breather. While most of the manufacturers instruct not to idle the MPFi cars these days, the first kilometer or two should be driven slow. Once the temperature needs to returns to normal engine temperature, drive normally. Since the engine oil is colder than its operational temperature in the morning, it takes time for the engine oil to reach every nook and corner of the engine.
Keep your sunroof and windows closed for proper stability of your car and to avoid the dust from seeping in your car and spoiling that fine beige interior. Also maintain a proper air-pressure (as per manufacturers’ guidelines) in your tires to help in better fuel efficiency and smoother handling of the vehicle.
Try to manage your acceleration; a quick jump will only result in more fuel burnt. You might as well know that your accelerator manages the amount of fuel that enters your engine. Therefore, if you’re used to changing gears at around 3.5-4000 RPM, you might want to shift up well before 3000 RPM and after 2000 RPM, meaning higher revs will send more fuel into the engine to burn more fuel, resulting in a lesser fuel efficiency.
Music keeps you awake and aware while good music also keeps your mood happy, in turn helping you drive smoothly and peacefully. If you aren’t a big fan of your local radio stations, then get the music of your choice and hit the roads singing. But make sure you don’t play it too loud, as it might be a hindrance if other drivers are honking you from behind, you might not hear them if your music is too loud.
If you just moved to a new city/country, then getting a satellite navigation device (GPS System) for your car is great idea. Instead of continuously stopping and asking for directions from strangers, just get a GPS for your car, they don’t cost that much and are also fairly easy to use. GPS devices also give you alternate routes helping you avoid traffic laden routes.
- Load Up On The Necessities-
If you’re planning a long drive and especially if you’re headed to a place that’s new to you then plan in advance and always carry plenty of water and some snacks along, you may not know where or how far your next pit-stop/petrol pump is. Just as a precaution.
- Keep A Kit-
Nowadays, almost all new cars come with a First-Aid kit in the boot, in case you’ve lost yours or don’t have it then just make one. You just need a couple of pain killers, an anti-septic, some band-aids and tape. Just in case of emergency!
- Wash Your Car-
Make sure you either clean your car yourself or hire someone to do it for you. A dirty and dust laden car not only ruins the start of your morning but the dust laden windshield is somewhat of an hindrance while driving, I know you’ve got the wiper-jet stream for this exact purpose, but even your wiper blades need some cleaning so that they don’t catch dust particles which tend to put some pretty harsh scratches on your windshield every time you run the water-jet stream to wipe your windshield.