When it comes to driving, there are a few things you might want to know before you get behind the wheel.
Like heading back to school, it’s good to know what you’re getting into before you just dive right in, so, we thought we would offer up some great advice from our pals over at OK Tire to help guide you into a smooth drive, right from the word go.
Ready, start your engines, well actually, read this first!
Get to know your vehicle
Each vehicle is unique with its own layout. Understanding the ins and outs of your vehicle, including where all the buttons and dials are and what they do, will help you keep your eyes on the road. Blindly searching for the AC knob or turning off the radio when you meant to turn up the volume can be distracting and frustrating. Knowing your vehicle and being comfortable with how everything works means less fidgeting with the console while you focus on driving. Pro tip: Set up your music ahead of time with the perfect playlist, so you can rock out without messing around with music.
Being prepared for any emergency is the best way to stay calm and stress-free. The four most important things to keep in your vehicle at all times are a spare tire, emergency kit, jumper cables and assorted tools. A spare tire, though not a permanent solution, can get you the extra distance to the nearest automotive shop for a repair or replacement tire. An emergency kit contains everything you need to survive in an emergency, including non-perishable food, bottled water, first aid supplies, flares, candles and matches, flashlight, batteries and a cell phone charger. Jumper cables can be a lifesaver for when we accidentally run our batteries down, or our car simply won’t start. Even the best of us leave our headlights on and having jumper cables handy will get you going again. Finally, it’s always a good idea to keep a toolkit with a pressure gauge and assorted auto tools in case of emergency.
Check it out
Preventative maintenance ensures your vehicle is in tip-top shape for driving. This means checking the fluids, brakes and alignment. Since ride control is mandatory when it comes to safety, it’s important to check your vehicle’s suspension components to make sure your stability and braking distance isn’t compromised.
Cell phones are a major distraction. Tempting as it may be to send a quick text or change the song, taking your eyes off the road even for a second endangers yourself and everyone around you. Pro tip: Place your phone completely out of reach to remove the temptation.
Adapt for weather
Wet road conditions may impact your tires traction, meaning a longer braking distance. It will also affect your visibility; make sure you reduce your speed and brake sooner to ensure you’re driving safely. Another key factor is having the right tires on your vehicle, depending on the season. Remember that your driving should constantly adjust based on the surrounding weather conditions.
With these 5 key tips and a little practice, you’ll be a road warrior in no time, until then, stay safe, and remember to always check your blind spot.