A Responsible Man Knows His Car: Maintenance and Car Driving Tips
When I was stationed in Germany with the Army every quarter we’d have road safety classes. Now most classes were given with death by power point and this class was no different. But for most of us who loved driving on the Autobahn this class was actually interesting because we talked about black ice, car maintenance and the dangers of it. Without fail someone from the armed forces would get into a wreck because they didn’t know how to drive in Europe. I remember some friends going to the UK, Spain and Italy and getting into wrecks. It was a mess because they were foreigners on travelers insurance and had to deal with serious injuries they caused.
A responsible man is familiar with his car. He might not be able to take it apart and replace the engine. But he knows how to maintain it or when to have that done. He knows the safety measures to drive safely and if in an accident what to do. He knows how to drive his vehicle because we all know not every vehicle is the same.
Keep these Car Driving Tips in mind:
Car Safety Precautions:
These precautions exist to ensure everyone gets from A to B. A man knows who is in his car. If there’s a child make sure there’s a child seat. Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Make sure the doors are all closed securely. These should all be done before you drive off.
We all know someone who didn’t change their oil and then got mad when the bill is higher to fix the damages. You’ll be surprised how many accidents occur because car maintenance wasn’t done. Every car’s manual has a scheduled maintenance plan. If yours doesn’t have one then Google it. It isn’t that hard.
Some of the basics of car maintenance are:
- Oil change every 3 to 5 thousand miles.
- Flush your radiator every 2 to 3 years.
- Watch the tread on your tires.
- Check your windshield wipers.
- Tire balance
- Tire pressure (Can be done easily at most gas stations)
- Vehicle Battery (Both battery life and outside corrosion)
But safety precautions and maintenance tips alone are not enough to reduce the number of road accidents that occur each day. General safe driving tips will also come in handy to help reduce this. We all develop bad driving habits that can result in unnecessary risks. Tail gating is one of the worst habits and high causes of accidents. Especially here in San Diego when it rains. Tailgating puts both automobiles at risk as the driver in front may require applying emergency breaks at a moment notice. This means that the trailing vehicle will either ram in to them or swerve unnecessarily in order to avoid a collision.
We all speed or go too slow at some point. This isn’t going to change but it needs to be done safely. 5 miles over is speeding. 5 miles under is dangerous for those around you going the speed limit.
Our favourite topic! What should you do if you encounter black ice? What do I do if my car’s stuck in snow and I’m going to be late for formation? You’ll be surprised what unsafe acts soldiers do when they’re afraid they’ll get punished for being late. All car driving tips go out the window.
If you encounter black ice….first you should know that it doesn’t look black , it’s clear and you’re seeing the black asphalt below it. Second, don’t slam or pump the brakes. This will just lock up and you’ll go sliding into whatever’s in front of you. What you should do first, after driving slow and careful, is de-accelerate and keep your steering wheel straight. For more details on what to do check out this site. What you’ll see in the video below is going way to fast and slamming on the brakes.
Bad weather has been attributed as one of the major causes of serious injury from road traffic accidents. Thousands of claims are filed each year around the world. It’s no joke and I’m sure we’d all agree that we’d hate to have one filed against us or be the one having to file because someone else wasn’t practicing these car driving tips. Under these conditions we have to be more cautious as compared to when driving in clear weather. Winter and summer tires, tire tread, wipers and anti-freeze become huge factors in bad weather.
Don’t be that one: Be Responsible and Practice these Car Driving Tips
Check out this video of a crazy black ice driving accident during bad weather and you’ll see how easy it is to be that one.
Talk about someone needing a lesson in car driving tips…
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2nd Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/
3rd Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfslim/