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Expert Tips by DasWeltAuto
Good Driving Habits
Preparing to drive
  1. Check the vehicle is functioning well and is in good road worthy condition.
  2. Adjust the seat for effective control and comfort.
  3. Adjust all three mirrors for the best view.
  4. Fit and adjust your seat belt and head restraint.
  5. Check your passengers are safely seated.
Concentrate while driving
  • Make sure you always have a clear head before driving. Alcohol and certain drugs, both illegal and legal, can severely impair your driving skills. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dangerous drowsiness. Get a good night's rest and don't drive for long stretches without a break. If you are tired, don't risk the safety of yourself and others on the highway by trying to drive. Designate a driver or choose another means of transportation such as taxi cab or public transportation.
Avoid Driving Alone When Tired
  • Driving with someone else in your vehicle can increase your overall alertness. It is well recognized that when driving alone, especially when over-exerted, your chances of a crash are dramatically increased.
Never drive in a hurry
  • Allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and allow for emergencies or traffic jams. Do not drive in a hurry. Allow yourself some extra time so that you can be more relaxed while driving and thereby cut down on the incidences of road rage, such as excessive speeding, tailgating and weaving in and out between cars.
Drive car with safety features
  • Safety should always be a top priority when shopping for a vehicle. Research the safety performance of any vehicle you are considering buying including how the vehicle performs in crash tests. Both driver and passenger side air bags are now mandatory in all new cars. Look for side impact bags in many new models as well. When buying a used vehicle, look for one with air bags. Research what type of safety systems are in the car and choose the safest to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a collision.
Follow Safety Rules
  • Always wear your safety belt and make sure all your passengers are buckled properly, even on short trips. If traveling with children, educate yourself on the many kinds of child safety seats and restraints. Make sure children ages 12 and under are always buckled up in the back seat, the safest place to ride.Try to follow all the taffic rules.
Follow Safety Rules
  • Always wear your safety belt and make sure all your passengers are buckled properly, even on short trips. If traveling with children, educate yourself on the many kinds of child safety seats and restraints. Make sure children ages 12 and under are always buckled up in the back seat, the safest place to ride.Try to follow all the taffic rules.
Driving in Rain

Rain and wet roads can make driving dangerous. Here are a few things to consider when driving in the rain:

  • Slow down and ensure more distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Stay toward the middle lanes as water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Keep your windshield wiping equipment in good condition. Replace your windshield wiper blades if necessary.
  • Be sure your tires are in good condition to avoid any skidding during quick stop on wet pavement.
  • Turn on your headlights to make it easier for others to see you.
  • If you must go through puddles, try to drive through them slowly.
  • If brakes are wet, apply them lightly while driving until normal braking operation returns
Driving in Flooded Areas
  • In case you come across a flooded-out road ahead, turn around and find alternative route to your destination. Avoid driving through flooded areas unless you are sure the water level is lower than the bottom of the wheel hub.
  • Drive through any water slowly.
  • Allow adequate stopping distance because brake performance may be affected.
  • After driving through water, dry the brakes by gently applying them several times while the vehicle is moving slowly.
Wear your safety belt
  • During a crash, properly fastened safety belts distribute the forces of rapid deceleration over larger and spaner parts of the person's body , such as the chest , hips and shoulders. The safety belt stretches slightly to slow your body down and to increase its stropping distance. The difference between the belted person¿s stopping distance and the unbelted person's stopping distance is significant
Driving at Night

Night driving presents more hazards than driving in the daylight. For safe driving , here are some important tips to remember:

  • Slow down and keep more distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Switch your rear view mirrors to night mode to reduce the glare from other driver’s headlights.
  • Keep your headlights clean and properly aimed on the oncoming vehicles.
  • Avoid staring directly at the headlights of oncoming vehicles to prevent temporary blindness.
  • Avoid using high beam in city driving however its advisable to use them during highway driving.
Don’t bend the rules
  1. Come to a complete stop ( no rolling ) at stop signs.
  2. Ensure your maximum speed is always slightly under the speed limit.
  3. Stop for green lights when traffic in front of you is not leaving the intersection.
  4. Stop for amber lights unless it is not safe.
Be a careful driver
  1. Stay at least three seconds travels time behind the car immediately in front of you.
  2. Leave a space, when stopping behind a vehicle, to drive around it if you have to.
  3. Change lanes as little as possible.
  4. Slow down when approaching green traffic lights and check to make sure no one is running a red light.