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Are you driving right?

To begin with, let us look at the state of driving in India. Every year, around 1 50 000 people die due to road accidents, which is more than the number of people who have died in all the wars put together that India has fought. In comparison, the United States of America which is a developed auto market witnessed 40 000 road accident deaths in 2016. Out of 1 50 000 road accident fatalities, more than 25 000 deaths were due to car crashes. This is primarily because of negligent driving. More accidents are occurring due to wrong behavior than a lack of skills. Hence, controlling one’s behavior is as important a part of driving training as attaining driving skills.

Here are some important points for you to consider when it comes to driving an automobile:

THE ART OF SHARING THE ROAD

Everyone on the road enjoys driving as much as you do. Roads are public property and it is extremely important that you drive safely. It is necessary to adhere to the traffic rules and maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles. Drive very carefully near schools, hospitals, and construction zones. Strictly adhere to the driving rules when you are near children, blind persons, handicapped individuals, and old people. Safe driving habits can reduce fuel consumption, decrease emissions, and reduce travel time too. Our collective behavior forms our road culture.

SPEED IS NOT ALWAYS FUN

Driving conditions and traffic flow are factors that dictate your driving speed. While staying within the speed limit, you also need to match your driving speed with the traffic flow. The chances of crashing into vehicles in front of you increase if you drive faster than the traffic flow. Maintaining a steady speed, within legal limits, at a safe following distance will help give you the time required to handle an emergency situation. Constantly anticipating what may emerge on the road makes you a safe and responsible driver.

A VIGILANT DRIVER SAVES LIVES

We love our technologically advanced cars and various driving assists that they come with, but with the advent of these technologies, drivers are becoming negligent too. At times, these tools divert the attention and lead to unsafe driving. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on the road at all times and abide by the rules and regulations while driving. Never text while driving as it can endanger your life along with the lives of your co-passengers.

BRUSH UP YOUR SKILLS

You must always practice everything that you learned for your four wheeler driving test. As it turns out, most of those rules aren’t just good driving lessons; they are legal regulations. It is better to follow traffic lights than get into an episode of road-rage. Make sure you are not talking on the phone while driving. And last but not least, never drive after consuming alcohol

GET TO KNOW YOUR CAR BETTER

It helps a great deal to understand the features of your car. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, a budding driver should understand the working of various systems of the vehicle so that the driver is able to take the correct decision in case of any abnormality observed or emergency situation faced. Exploring your own car is a sure-shot way to a happier driving experience. Learn to listen to your car and ensure that you have complete knowledge of all the controls and their functions. You will realize that a lot of this technical knowledge is not all that difficult to master.

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SAFETY

Do a thorough safety check before starting a journey. Keep the checklist of the most important things ready, like seatbelts, mirrors, fuel, water, air pressure, first aid kit, spare tires, toolbox, spare bulbs and fuses, and an emergency parking reflector. Use the mirrors and signaling indicators to not only ensure your own safety but also the safety of other vehicles.

It is indeed never too late to check your driving skills and learn a few things afresh. Follow the pointers in this write-up and make your driving safer. Adhering to traffic rules, having a sound understanding of your vehicle, and socially responsible driving will keep you and your loved ones safe

How a simulator helps you before you start driving

The need for simulators

As per the Motor Vehicles Act and the CMVR, a trainee is supposed to master driving skills by spending 10 hours training on the road. It is not easy for a novice to acquire the necessary skill level within such a short span of time. Therefore, to save on the limited time available, Maruti Suzuki Driving School has developed and started using simulators.

Challenge for the trainee

Driving on Indian roads can be a challenging experience for a trainee. One needs to deal with a variety of risks and significant pressure while driving on the road. Therefore, it is necessary that a novice learns to master different controls such as steering, pedals and gears, one at a time.

Although this speeds up learning, one cannot learn this while driving a real car. This is because all controls would have to be managed by the trainee simultaneously.

Benefits of a simulator

When trainees start using a simulator, they can choose the specific control they wish to practice with. The simulator manages the rest of the controls.

A simulator’s dimensions are designed in such a way that all controls mimic a real Maruti Suzuki car. Therefore, the trainee knows where exactly the pedals are located. For instance, one can identify the gear by just placing one’s hand on the gear level.

As soon as the controls are mastered, the trainee can focus on learning various complicated maneuvers. Some of these include lane changing, overtaking, merging with traffic and driving on roundabouts. This enhances the training experience and substantially develops the trainee’s confidence.

5 Car Driving Tips That Make You a Better Driver

There’s no age for learning, and the scope of learning is always infinite.

When it comes to driving a car, there are certain driving tips for beginners that work equally well for experienced drivers. In order to drive safely and responsibly, it is imperative that you follow the best driving practices – it is beneficial for you, other drivers around you, and the pedestrians on the road. No matter how seasoned a driver you are, there is always some room for improvement. Here are some simple yet important car driving tips that will help make you a better driver: -

1. It all starts with the right seating position

This is one of the most important driving tips that many people, especially beginners, tend to completely ignore. It is extremely important that you position your seat in such a way that you can comfortably operate the pedals, the gear lever, and the steering. At the same time, the seat must be angled in a manner wherein your thighs or back do not get strained.

2. Hold the steering wheel the correct way

There is a science behind holding a steering wheel correctly. But, let’s just talk about the thumb rule here. The thumb rule is to hold the steering wheel by placing your hands on 10 and 2 o’clock positions (like in a clock).

3. Use the horns and turn indicators correctly

Horns and indicators are the two sources of communication that you have with the drivers around you at the time of driving. Both of these must be used liberally and smartly whenever required. Generally, horns are meant to be used for alerting the other cars about your presence.

*A lot of people have the habit of honking the horn profusely at signals or slow-moving traffic to communicate to the car drivers ahead to move faster. It is a wrong practice which should be avoided.*

When you are turning, make sure you use the turn indicators. Even at the time of changing lanes, make sure to use your indicators in the direction of the lane you are moving into. This is one of the most important car driving tips for beginners as well as people who have been driving for years.

4. Do not tailgate

While driving in traffic or on the highways, maintain a safe distance from the car in front. But step out and you’ll see that the ground reality is different.

In order to become a better driver, one of the crucial things to follow is to never tailgate. If you closely follow the vehicle in front of you, it decreases your reaction time as well as the space available for manoeuvring, thereby increasing the risk of a collision (which was very well avoidable in the first place).

Let the change begin with you. That's because this is a car driving tip that’ll keep you in good stead.

5. Do not panic

Driving stress-free is the key to driving better. Concentrate on your manoeuvres at all times when you are behind the steering wheel. Driving with stress can hamper your ability and may result in a mishap.

If you are someone who has a driving test coming up, then one of the best driving test tips to follow is to stay relaxed in order to drive well and stay safe.


Learner or experienced, these car driving tips will surely help you get better at it.


DRIVE WELL. DRIVE SAFE.

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