Although summer provides tons of fruitful driving moment, it is considerable important for drivers to nice the following tips:
Take a careful assessment at your car and surrounding objects
Among all senses, seeing or skimming always is considered the most important factor in driving as these skills might bring you almost all the necessary information.
When getting in your car, firstly, do not forget to take a close look at its machine, especially if you are the type who frequently drives on crowded, high-speed public streets. This would help you gain some confidence in making sure your car’s equipment is in a ready mode for the upcoming trip.
Components of your car that you might want to take a close look at every beginning of a drive are tires and vehicle handles. For tires, look deeply at its air pressure level and make sure the remaining air is still enough for your trips. Keep in mind that, even for a total new tire in summer, one or more air pounds could be eliminated in just one month.
Second, it is not less important to get on well with your route and objects might appear during the driving process. For example, make yourself familiar with central lines in advance (12 seconds before passing moments or more) or pay attention to traffic statuses of upcoming crossroads and pick a wise route.
Another thing to keep your eyes busy during driving is watching out for sudden interfering objects, such as animals, pedestrians, dropped-out objects or a new crossroads. In such situations, sweep your own eyes to take a total skim of the surrounding area (it would be perfect to take a sweep in every 12 seconds).
Use your seat belts
Fasten your car’s seat belts on in a correct manner and adjust them to fit with your positions.
For lower type of seat belts:
Some specialists suggest that it might be important to have them go surrounding your hips, as far from your stomach as possible. This will help ensure the seat belts stability. For sitting position, you should sit straight-right and comfortably behind a steering wheel. Let treat driving as a sport, handle and respect your sport equipment appropriately.
For higher type of seat belts:
The right way to fasten a higher type of seat belt is placing it across the chest and shoulder, over the thighs and hips. With this condition bared in mind, you could adjust your car’s seat belts as much as you like to ensure your own comfort.
Additionally, car drivers tend to shrink lower to their seats during driving, so it might be worthy for some to constantly notice it and re-adjust their own positions in a repetitive manner to lower a collision risk
Prepare in advance
When you are about to enter a long-term driving trip, it is never redundant to prepare some basic things in advance to ensure your cars are comfortable and safe.
In term of car preparation plainly, these following items should be checked first:
- Cleanliness: Position your seats and driving areas as comfortable as possible. A suitable area might contain the following characteristics: no sight of rubbish; no stuck stuff in feet placing or pedals areas; limited number of distracting objects which could make sudden and uncomfortable noises such as: plastic cans, fast food packets; etc.
- Safety: Ensure the car’s seat belts are still in place, comfortably used. Besides, checking each of its tires twice for the appropriate pressure level.
Done checking your car, let spend some time optimizing your route before the driving starts. Here are some factors that you might refer:
- Choose an easy route with less demands and more familiarity.
- Set an appropriate driving time length to eliminate any time pressure
- Avoid rush hours as these are stressful time to take your car out and might delay your plans
- If there are signals or warnings of bad weather, do not hesitate to cancel or postpone your trip until the conditions get better. You should check the weather forecast on a periodic basis.
Control and say no to road rage
Specialists point out that, if you are an urban citizen or you are living in a crowded neighborhood, you are easily triggered in a road rage. Road rage, usually defined as an over angry feelings, is generally viewed as having strong relations with a driver-blamed perspective.
And to avoid going to jail just by the act of driving, or even worse circumstances, it is important for a driver to remain in a positive mindset during their driving time which means showing a constant respect toward your driving partners, other people and the job of being a driver itself.
The following tips might equip you some skills to avoid this type of negative feeling:
Avoid participating in traffic during emotional periods. Let your mind have some time to be calm, relieve a significant part of negative feelings first. If it is still hard to get stable, call someone to drive you home instead.
Be understanding with your drivers or other people during traffic. Everyone could make mistakes.
Make your driving intention predictable with the acts of checking blind spots, use proper signals when changing lanes. This would avoid triggering angriness from other drivers sharing the roads with you.
And, if you unfortunately find yourself stuck in the middle of traffic jams, do something to relieve your mind. The acts of listening to music, turning on radios, singing along, etc. are all highly recommended.
Remain focus in all situations
It is generally agreed that panicked, stressed drivers often find themselves getting into bigger troubles than normal ones do. Therefore, there are no more important skills in driving than the skill of remaining focus. In this short article, we could introduce you to some basic concepts of keeping a high degree of focus.
Ensure that all of your worries and concerns are well-settled before driving.
Avoid distractions caused by phones, radios or other type of devices that could generate notifications
Stop whenever you find yourself in a distracting mode.
It is not an uncommon thing for drivers when talking about driving, especially driving in summertime with all the heat troubles. Recent research reports pointed out that, contrary to normal perception of driving time, driving in summer could be much riskier than in winter.