We aren’t born safe drivers. It takes considerable practice, concentration, and a deliberate effort by the driver to identify hazards along the road. When we purchase a used car, we inherit extra risks such as faulty equipment or an adverse safety record which requires additional caution. Before you hit the road, take a look at these driving safety tips to protect yourself from danger and keep yourself safe.
Take a Test Drive Before You Buy
When you are buying a used car, it is extremely important that you take it on a test drive to verify that the car is running as it should. Companies like Hertz Rent2Buy offer test drive for upto ten days without any pressure on the customers to buy. If you can afford it, do consider a private inspection to thoroughly check the safety of the car. Here are a few things to look out for during the test drive.
- Can the seat and steering be adjusted easily to a comfortable position?
- Listen for unusual sounds while you are driving.
- Does the clutch function quickly? If not, it may be worn and need to be replaced.
- Is there vibration in the steering?
- Watch for smoke when you start the car and while you drive. It could signify an engine problem.
- If you are purchasing a family car, take them with you on the test drive. Check that car seats fit easily into the rear and that all passengers are comfortable.
Safety Tips on the Road
When you are driving there are three basic safety tips that you should always follow.
- Always keep a least one car’s length between you and the cars in front of you.
- Follow the speed limits, but adjust according to situation. Bad weather and congestion are good reasons to slow down.
- Pay attention. Don’t text or talk on the phone. Don’t play with the SatNav when driving. A distracted driver is a dead driver.
Empower with F.L.O.W.E.R.
You should regularly check your car to make sure it is safe to drive. Using the F.L.O.W.E.R. acronym makes it easy to remember the components of your car that are most important in driving safety.
- Fuel- Keep the tank full.
- Lights- Always check that all of your lights (brakes, fog, indicators) are in working order.
- Oil- Don’t add too much or too little.
- Water- Be sure the water tank is full.
- Electrics – Check important electrical parts such as windshield wipers, windows and horn.
- Rubber- Tyres should be sufficiently aired and replaced when worn.
Safety is paramount on the road. Do thorough checks before and after purchasing your vehicle and always pay attention when you are driving. Simple things such as monitoring your tyre pressure can end up saving your life.