Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

Top 5 Driving Tips

Ok, we know what you’re thinking. You probably assume you’re the perfect driver, and that even if you weren’t, our tips aren’t going to help. What can we really tell you anyway that you don’t already know? So truth be told, we’re probably not going to give you any huge revelations here, but we definitely have a few reminders to make you a better driver that aren’t quite as generic as the ever-present ‘Be careful.’

  1. Clean Your Car

Not just because it looks nicer, and because your friends won’t have to rearrange the backseat just to find a place to sit. Cleaning your car means that old bottles don’t happen to roll under your brake pedal and that salt doesn’t cause your car to rust through completely. Driving means being safe, so even if you have to throw everything you own into the trunk of the car, make sure you remove all potential hazards.

  1. Road Rage Is a Killer

So don’t ignore it! If you’re finding yourself getting remarkably angry on the road, maybe it’s time to control your road rage, find new routes or take a few anger management classes. This is especially good advice if you live in a crowded city where it seems that drivers are programmed to do really stupid things whenever you need to get on the road. Anger and frustration cause us to make bad choices, which not only endangers us, it endangers other people on the road. And mistakes are bound to happen. We hate to break it to you, but you make them too.

  1. Adjust Your Side Windows
Lamborghini Aventador   Photo from Aventador.com

Lamborghini Aventador Photo from Aventador.comlambo

Were you taught that you had a blind spot? Yeah, maybe that was all kind of a lie. Sorry you had to find out this way. You probably have them set up right now to be able to see the side of your own car when you’re driving. This is bad. If you adjust your side windows to go as far out as possible that it slightly overlaps with the view from your review mirror, you can eliminate your blind spot. Glancing over your shoulder every time you need to change lanes means that you’re putting yourself at risk if the person in front of you slams on their brakes.

  1. Have Fun

The more nervous you are about driving, the more likely it is you’ll make a mistake. When we suggest having fun, we’re not talking about chugging a 6 pack while you try to race the Lamborghini next to you. You can do light exercises in the car like calf raises or tightening up your abs when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic. Listen to audio books or podcasts to keep your brain engaged on something else besides how long the commute is. Any activity that hampers your driving needs to be avoided, but there should be a few safe ways to have some fun and loosen up when on the road.

  1. Keep Up On Your Maintenance

Ok, so there are some mechanics out there who will rip you off, but this isn’t a reason to skip your maintenance. If you’ve ever wondered whether you really need to get your oil changed, the answer is yes otherwise your whole engine will die. You can protect the environment and save money with some green maintenance tips. Maintenance is also generally less expensive than buying a new car. Also, keep an eye on your windshield wipers. Especially if you live in a place that is extremely hot and dry. The heat degrades the wipers pretty quickly, and the next time you get caught in a storm, you could wind up having major visibility problems.

Author: Anwar Hossain

photo Andreas Lischka  via pixabay

photo Andreas Lischka via pixabay

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