25 Nov 2011 | Text and photo by Ristuyana. Translation by Richie S. | Category: Car Ownership Advice
A car with a good engine, suspension, flooring and even brakes won't guarantee that the driver will be safe from accidents. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to pay attention to these 10 smart driving tips for a prevention act while driving.
1) First, check the vehicle's current condition prior to starting the engine. The things to check usually include the turn signal, the body condition, tyre pressure and also the components underneath the car so that any possible leakages of oil or braking oil will be detected.
2) Second, be aware that heavy weight can affect the fuel consumption. Therefore, it is wise to take out unnecessary stuffs out of the car. When necessary, remove the roof rack as well. Also, while traveling with stuffs put on the roof rack and make sure to travel at low speed to avoid your objects from falling off the car.
3) Always ensure that the safety belt is fastened for it can protect the users from an even more severe injury in case of an accident. The right way to use the safety belt is to put it across the pelvis and the shoulder blade as these are the strongest bones within the human body. "Commonly, people put on the safety belt in order to prevent themselves from being fined by the police officers. Fact of the matter is, it is a very important device," said Bintarto Agung, President Director and Instructor Indonesia Defensive Driving Centre.
4) Adjust the rearview and the side mirrors accordingly so that the driver can see all angles optimally. However, every car has a blind spot area (an area that is invisible to the driver). Hence, it advisable for the driver do a head check before switching lanes or turning.
6) It is of utmost importance to avoid using your hand phone or doing any other actions that will cause you to be distracted from driving. Accidents happen on a daily basis and most of the time, it's due to bad judgments or distractions. Do not give in to your phone. If necessary, pull over to the side and answer the call or ensure that your phone is connected to a hands-free set.
7) It is recommended that the driver maintains a safe distance. A defensive driver will always provide room between the car he drives and the cars in front, behind and the ones at the sides. In this case, never tailgate the front car as we'll never know what may happen next. The more room we have available, the more time we'll have to react should something happen. "The safe distance between vehicles is equivalent to 3 seconds," said Bintarto
8) Keep in mind that how you operate the transmission gears is also important. Even if your car features green technologies, they'll all be useless if you have a bad driving characteristic. In average, a petrol engine works optimally at around 2,000-2,500 rpm. Therefore, in order to get the optimal and efficient torque, try to shift gears when the engine reaches around 2,000-2,500 rpm.
9) Next, about fuel efficiency. Its advise to note on car's momentum. For example, when approaching crossroads, junctions or when you want to slow the car down, take your foot off the gas pedal and let the car slide before stepping on the brake pedal. This will help to save on your petrol.
10) Lastly, turn off the engine when you have to stop for more than 20 seconds (assuming your car engine is in a good condition). 3 minutes of the engine being idle in spite of being active is equivalent to driving as far as 1 km at a constant speed of 50 km/h.
You may also like
02 Apr 2012 | Text and photo by Martin H. S | Car Ownership Advice
13 Jan 2012 | Text and photo by Ary Dwinoviansyah. Translated by Martin H.S. | Car Ownership Advice
06 Jan 2012 | Text and photo by Mahmudi R. Translated by Martin H.S | Car Ownership Advice