Driving safely is all about adhering to a basic set of guidelines while one is on the road. So, whether you are heading off to your favorite hill station, taking a weekend break to the nearest beach or driving to work, itâ€™s important that you take care of a few things to make every drive a safe and enjoyable experience.
Check your tyres
Do ensure that your tyres are in good condition. Tyres that are excessively worn need immediate replacement as they become a safety hazard. Also, donâ€™t forget to get your tyres inflated to the correct pressure and be sure your spare tyre is ready for a quick change. It is also recommended that you keep a pressureÂ gaugeÂ available at any auto parts store handy, so that you can check the pressure as recommended in the owner’s manual. And while you’re at it, you might want to rotate your tires every now and then to facilitate even wear and consistent performance.
Watch your speed
It might be great fun to cruise along the highway with the music blaring, but you may soon find yourself crossing the speed limit! Besides endangering your own well-being, being too eager to push your car to the limits can also prove hazardous for other drivers. So, keep a tab on your speed at all times.
Keep an eye out for unpleasant weather
Roads are at their slickest almost immediately after a downpour as a lot of oily substances build up due to dripping engine oil and other fluids. When it rains, it brings these oils to the surface making it really slippery. In such a scenario, your car may start gliding or hydroplaning. The most important thing to remember is not to panic or slam on the brakes. Immediately lift your foot off the accelerator, keeping a firm grip on the steering, and let the vehicle glide until you feel your vehicle picking up traction. Also, if you are driving in a thunderstorm and visibility is poor, it makes sense to pull over and wait it out. You could also run the risk of getting struck by lightning, especially in wide open spaces or mountain roads, so stay in your car and pull off the road.
And last but not least, do remember that you can keep your car in perfect shape with proper service and timely maintenance.