Obtaining the driving license is an important step in anyone’s life, especially teenagers, who come in contact with their first big responsibility. What is best to do and not to do after you have lifted your driving license, find out the tips below.
In the following article, I will give you 11 tips to keep in mind when driving. The tips will be for both driving and technical.
1. Keep all the documents of the car in the car.
These are driving license, road tax, identity card, car insurance, car registration certificate, etc.
2. Don’t believe that you are in Need for Speed
I say this, although it seems funny or trivial, the young people who come into service, with their parents or practitioners, ask when they see a stronger car: “bro, what it’s its maximum speed?”, “What a cool car, how many horsepowers does it have?” ?. This makes us think that especially young enthusiasts are only interested in running at high speeds and believing in video games.
Unfortunately, it is not so, if in games, you do total damage, in real life, you can not reset. I know it’s normal to be curious, to have a certain adrenaline rush when you drive hard, but be cautious in the first place, it will save you.
3. Keep distance from the car in front of you.
Keeping the regulatory distance from the car in front of you is important, it can save you from many accidents and other inconveniences, especially if the weather conditions are unfavourable, there is ice, pole, mud, even when there is water…
Braking distance is significantly reduced compared to a dry road. This can endanger the life of pedestrians and your life. The recommended safety distance is at least 100 meters, especially if you are a beginner in the highway somewhere at 50 m, and in busy traffic a distance of 5-10 meters. The idea is to not sit in someone’s back to not wake up suddenly behind him, especially since the driver in the back is guilty of not keeping the regular distance.
4. Keep your hands on the wheel at “nine and a quarter 9-3”
I read a lot of bad advice, many from authorized instructors who say that the hands on the steering wheel are “2-10”. It is not a good practice, because for better safety and to better control the car, the hands on the steering wheel are held at “nine and a quarter”, a practice recommended by many riders. In no case do not hold the wheel with one hand, this is a bad practice to get “relaxed”.
5. Periodically check the oil level, antifreeze, pressure in the wheels and car lights
Probably some of you also have bought new. This means that you don’t have to check these technical things so often, however, before you go a long way it would be best to check them, especially to check the pressure in the wheels, which should be done at least monthly, since the tires may have cracks. If they are too swollen, you will have greater wear in the middle of the tires. We must respect the pressure for each wheel. Each car has, usually at one of the doors, the pressure recommended by the manufacturer written for each tire (picture). You can go to any vulcanization, gas station, this is free, checking this at least once a month
6. Check the functioning of your car’s lights at least a month or two months
Let’s be serious, this is important, why was the car equipped with lights? If it was daylight 24 /7 the lights wouldn’t have been invented anymore, right? I’m kidding, it still had to be signal light, to know another driver who is beside you, what your intentions are.
So lights are important as you just don’t drive at night without lights, you realize this immediately because you don’t even see the road, right?
Okay, made a little mistake here, there are still others that forget to turn on the car headlights at night, especially those who are driving in cities, they forget to do it because the city is too bright, so no need to turn on the lights.
Another important light bulb is the one from the brakes, which illuminates more strongly when you brake, this aspect is very important to have it functional in the car because it warns the traffic participants behind you that you slow down the car. There are still cases, which are very rare when the driver does not know that both brake lights do not function, which is quickly solved when other traffic participants tell you about this defect that you need to know how to fix fast, first and foremost by having the replacement bulbs just in case…
7. Always carry an extinguisher, two signalling triangles, a reflective vest and a first aid kit.
In case of an accident, a first aid kit can make a big difference, and the triangles and especially the fire extinguisher can help.
8. Do not overrun the engine at cold
I noticed a lot of drivers that when they start the car, be it diesel or gasoline, run the engine directly at 4000 rotations per minute or even more. This aspect is not recommended, you can create premature wear of the engine or damage it when it’s cold. Be patient until it reaches the optimum operating parameters, theoretically, the antifreeze should be at 90 degrees Celsius and the oil be at 80 degrees Celsius, practically after about 15-20 minutes driving the car, but, until then, go slowly.
9. Try not to start moving at over 1500 rotations per minute.
Why do I say that? because premature wear of the clutch disc will be created, it can overheat. To avoid premature wear and clutch heating, start below 1500 rotations per minute
10. Check the car annual self-assessment
Do not check the car only when you have to do its technical inspection or when something is damaged. Go every year with your car to inspect it, check all its aspects, especially if you have a beat, a leak, a burned-out bulb, brakes, etc.
11. How to have a correct position at the wheel
Considering that the main way of communication between the driver and the means of travel in our case, referring to the car, is the way we sat in the seat. As a result, we identified three key points:
- The back should have a great contact surface with the seat backrest
- Although it seems strange, the key point in feeling the car is the dorsal part, more precisely the seat, this being the main sensor that receives the correct information as long as it is well anchored between the backrest and the seat (the anchoring is done by a technique that we will develop it in the following posts, it is called “the use of the 4 pedals, sounds strange, right? We know that the vast majority of cars have 3 pedals, but it is not)
- The third point of communication with the car must be the knees, which must have contact with the seat to transmit the information needed to communicate with the car.
Regarding the correct seat setting:
- We start by setting the seat, depending on the active position of the left foot (the pressed position of the clutch), the foot being active if it cannot extend to the maximum, which means that we have set the correct seat. Why? In case of an accident, the flexed position of the knee gives the necessary elasticity, without affecting the joint.
- After the correct seat setting, we proceed further with the seatback, which is adjusted according to the distance between the steering wheel and the driver’s chest. We recommend approximately 25 -30 cm away so that we do not endanger ourselves when the airbag is activated. This distance gives the assurance that we will not be hit by the airbag when activated (position too close) nor will we hit the airbag when activated (position too far).
- The correct seat height is set according to the ceiling. To be at the correct distance it takes about a slap between the ceiling and the driver’s head, so in the event of a rollover we have protection and at the same time we get an overview of the car’s overall dimensions.
- Finally, we determine the position of the steering wheel (if we have height and depth adjustment) when we fix the shoulders in the seat with the hand over the steering wheel at “12 o’clock”. The steering wheel must be in the wrist.
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