I’ve been driving for over 20 years now, and in that time – I’ve had one minor accident (which wasn’t my fault!). So I consider myself a very safe driver. This doesn’t mean I pootle around at 10 mph under every speed limit ‘just in case’. There are just a few top tips that I always try to adhere to ton ensure I get from A to B as safely as possible. I’ll run you through them, and hopefully you’ll have trouble free journeys.
1 – Minimise phone based distractions.
We live in a world with constant distractions – one of the worst things are our phones. We’re keen to keep abreast of social networks, messages and updates. It’s very easy to just have a ‘quick look’ whilst driving, and before you know it.. Something bad could happen. Put your phone away, or in a cradle. Don’t have it on your lap, or somewhere you can pick it up. Put it somewhere safe. Most phones have ‘Assistants’ now that are operated by voice, so if you do need to make a call – get Siri or the Google Assistant to do it. Don’t touch it! The best thing to do is put it in ‘Do Not Disturb’ so you don’t have any distractions!
2 – Keep everything topped up!
Generally the way a lot of people find out their screen wash reservoir is empty is when the ‘wash/wipe’ stops working. Or that they need oil because the oil light flashes on. Pre-empt this, regularly pop your bonnet and check all the fluids are at the right level. If you’re not sure, look in the car’s handbook. Most things don’t need a mechanic, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
3 – Have some spare bulbs.
In some countries, it’s actually a legal requirement to carry a set of spare bulbs. In the UK though, it isn’t. It really should be though. Keep a spare set in your glovebox, so if you ever need them, they are there. Some cars can be tricky to change bulbs, so familiarise yourself with how to access and change them before you’re stuck at the side of the road in darkness, rummaging for the handbook!
4 – It’s all about the tyres.
Considering the fact that the tyres are the thing that keep the car gripped to the road, so many people don’t look after their tyres. Every month or so, when you’re getting petrol, take the car to the air machine and check the tyre pressres are correct. Have a good look at the tyres and make sure the tread is wearing evenly. Don’t leave getting tyres done to the last minute if you notice the tread is low book online & get your tyres locally fitted at Iversons. If you notice the wear is uneven, you might need to get your wheels aligned.
5 – Don’t ignore the Spanner.
Cars are smarter these days, and will often tell you they need servicing. Don’t ignore their cry! It’s easy to ignore – DON’T! Whilst it might be annoying to stump up a few hundred quid for a service – it’s more annoying to find a few thousand for a major repair. Look in your handbook for the service intervals for your car, don’t let the spanner surprise you!
There we go, hopefully by adhering to these top tips, you too will have many years of trouble-free driving!
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