Driving Safe- Part 1

The exact nature of the excitement of driving a car is easier said than done to define. Many people are not able to muster up sentences to describe this experience. For some of the driving buffs the experience is like an addiction, inexplicable and psychologically all too powerful to describe. While quite a few will tell you it is some thing which cannot be compared with any thing.

As the car accelerates so does the human body, in the process there are certain things that are bound to happen, nerve activity can be felt all across the body muscles. Cues are communicated through the spine, which leads to change in the tone of the muscles- specifically in areas around the neck, which are the most –prone to acceleration changes. The result of this change in acceleration force is the arousal of the body, which when picked up by the nervous system federally, is transliterated in to innumerable emotive experiences. Psychological effects experienced by some people amount to pure fear. For others in the lot the whole experience is translated in to a tingling sharp experience, which described in own terms is highly pleasurable.

For this entire gamut of thrilling experience one must not forget what you are actually playing with is no more than a machine and needless to say if not controlled in an appropriate manner has the potential to cause destruction both to your individual self and other stake holders on the boulevard.

When it comes down to pure driving you can either be someone who is illiterate or can be categorized as a good driver. There is no middle-of-the-road status in this process.

Safety tips for Driving

Pulling from a standstill – Be cautious while moving out a parking area, and on to the road. The seat reserved for the driver is of a critical nature and must at all times be positioned correctly for the right kind of posture to be maintained while driving. The mirror for rear-view must be adjusted to a suitable position so as to enable the occupant of the driver’s seat to get the best rear view possible. The indicators in the dashboards show you the level of available battery power, fuel and oil. Drivers with new cars are tempted to ignore this vital aspect, but it is prudent to have a look at indicators each and every time you are driving. While starting your car don’t hurry, make a smooth transition, hasty starts are not only hazardous but are reason for waste in fuel and early burnout of the radials.

Taking a turn – Use correct and at appropriate time the indicators before you make that turn. While turning right or left use the indicator lights. Another aspect that needs to be looked at is that you must ensure that you are in the appropriate lane and would not require a lane cutting to make that turning. Something as easy as a simple turning is the cause of various accidents in all major metropolitan cities. You must be emphatic about the pedestrians and need to acknowledge them as also the two-wheelers. A distance of 30 meters is good enough to communicate your intention of making the turn through turning signals. While turning to your right keep as near to the right as potential – after, during and before the turn. While making an about turn (U-turn) one needs to stop and look for traffic from the leftside at the same time giving way to other cars besides you. When you locate a safe passage in the midst of incoming traffic, swiftly take turn, adjust quickly to the lane and start accelerating.

While reversing swerve – Watch out for any signs of pedestrians while reversing your vehicle. You must reverse your car unhurriedly and from a long distance, if absolutely unavoidable.

While changing lanes – Before you make that swift dive on either side of your lane indicate the intention to the driver who is following you in the nearest car. The indication should be made from an appropriate distance before you leap your vehicle to cross in to others lane. Swinging over between cars across different lanes is a prime cause of accident on the city roads.

While Parking
– Don’t cause inconvenience or obstruct others when you park your vehicle.
Always park your car in permissible areas. While doing so make it clear by looking around for “no parking” insignia, which is a clear indication to prohibit you from parking.

You must note that leaving your car unattended for duration of 10 hours on a public road is not permissible. Thus parking your car for a night outside your residence on a public road is not a privilege or your right.

While overtaking – Never overtake unless it is absolutely necessary and safe. There is no harm in overtaking a vehicle ahead of you provided that it is done in a secure manner by taking due consideration of safety. Perception of speed and distance tends to get distorted at high velocity. Overtaking consumes the maximum share in the causes of accidents that prove fatal.

Always surpass from the right on a straight road. Signal your plan to go past by flashing the head lamps or puffing the horn and begin outdoing only after you have been signaled to do so.

Be principally vigilant while overtaking a stationary bus that has stopped for getting or offloading passengers at a designated bus stop as people tend to cross the road in front of a still bus.

Once you have made up your mind of overtaking and have started the process, quickly surpass the overtaken vehicle while at the same time maintaining appropriate distance to facilitate maneuvering.

On the other hand if you are the object that is being overtaken by a vehicle behind you, make sure you maintain your speed.

While speeding – always drive at a contented speed. Cruising at elevated velocity produces a gratifying sense of reaching somewhere express. As speeding up leads to momentum, some atypical perceptual warp transpires.

Stopping distance amplify proportionally with the speed of your car.

It is altogether a better option to drive at lesser speeds unless unavoidable. The speed of your car must be determined by the road condition. The best possible fuel economy from any car is accomplished at 50 – 60 km/h velocity. 30 percent more fuel is consumed when you speed your car at 80 km/h.

At lesser speeds you get ample time to act in response to an unexpected event of pedestrians or other drivers and to dynamic factors like traffic, road, weather and light conditions.

To be continued………………….

Driving Safe- Part 1

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