Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Safe-Driving Tips for Every Driver

 
With winter coming up, you need to know that snow and ice reduce the necessary transmission of force between tire and road surface substantially. The best winter tires are of very little use if the driving style is not adapted to the road conditions. Even when driving in winter conditions - practice makes perfect. The clutch, brake and steering generally should be soft and soulful. Abrupt maneuvers should be avoided in order not to exceed the limit of adhesion of the tires.


While part of winter driving is having your car prepared (take advantage of that car warranty now if you need to!) here are some other safe-driving tips to help get you through this winter season:

1. Do not give too much gas - For vehicles with traction control, a steady, even gas supply is recommended in order not to overtax the system. The best approach will be in second gear then shift up quickly and drive with low engine speeds.

2. Properly apply brakes - If the traffic situation allows, the best braking comes shortly after starting out, to get a feel for the actual road conditions. This way, you know how hard you can break if the need arises.

3. What to do in case of loss of control - When the car, despite precautions, heads out of control- you must have a calm but immediate response. In any case, do not panic when the car starts to roll, but step on the brakes in order to slow the driving energy. Be sure you tap the brake pedal instead of stomp on it though, as tapping allows you to slow the car down without jerking everyone forward.

4. Thumb hangers are a must these days. Newer steering wheels are equipped with these and are set at 9 and 3 instead of 10 and 2. This new arrangement makes it easier and more comfortable to grip the wheel for long periods, and in the end is safer as well.

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