I can now do everything on my car to claim myself a pro driver. I can drive safely through closed roads and adventurously on race tracks. But, can you believe that I started it all with the following five driving trips for new drivers?
- Put your eyes as far down as possible on the road to uncover important traffic-related information for taking proper decisions.
- Maintain safe distance while following another vehicle.
- Instead of staring at the traffic, shift your eyes constantly to keep up with changing traffic conditions
- Use your horn, signals, and lights to establish eye contact with pedestrians and motorists and communicate with them, about your action.
- Escape conflict if confronted.
The more I drove my car as a beginner, the more inspiration I got to hone up my driving skill further. After persistent practice, I achieved my objectives, and here I am to share my own experience on driving tips for pro driver. These are ten techniques, if religiously pursued, can make you a pro driver.
1. Viewing the Front & Back
Don’t keep your eyes fixed on vehicles moving ahead of you. When you focus on the movement of the front vehicle or the action of its driver, you are more likely to do what that driver does. Look at the back through your windshield. If you find many vehicles going in front of you, take your eyes through the spaces between them. If you look far ahead, your brain gets important information earlier and gets sufficient time for rightly responding to any potential threat. Thus, your hands and feet get appropriate signals to face any threatening situation.
2. Proper Positioning of Hands
Considering the steering wheel as round-the-clock, put your hands on it 9 or 3’o clock positions. You can then get increased stability and better control. You can keep your hands at these positions, for a longer time, without any strain on the muscles.
3. Prioritize Security to Speeding
If you are increasing the speed of your car to save time, you have a wrong notion. It is better to be late than never. Reach your destination by going a little slower, rather than never reaching there by speed driving and meeting accident. You should keep the safety of everyone in mind and the consequences of speed driving. You will then never be urged to exceed the recommended speed.
4. Electro-stimulation of Your Tongue
Densely-packed nerve endings merge in your tongue. If you activate those nerve endings, they send electric signals to the area of your brain which is responsible for balancing. This balancing signal makes you understand the functioning of your car at any point of time. You can also sense if your car is doing what you intend it to do. If you push your tongue against the roof of your mouth, you become hypersensitive to the unexpected loss of control. You can react at the right moment and keep things under your control.
5. Brake with Left Foot
I may mention here that many of the world-famous race-car drivers brake with their left legs. Manual says, and it is also a safe and effective practice to keep your left leg hovering above the pedals of your brake. By doing so, you are bringing down the time to slow down your car in an emergency. If you are on a highway, you may, in general, need to stop 50 ft. earlier.
6. Do One At a Time
If you want your car to do what you want, consider it as an attractive dance partner, you wish to impress. Be gentle and smooth. You can accelerate, you can put a break, or you may steer, but for God’s sake, do only one action at a time. At the same time, you need to be steady, careful and smooth in your actions. If you put your brake heavily while turning, you cannot take the turn as much as you want or your car may spin.
7. Avoid Slamming of Brake
When you slam on the gas, the car throws its weight to the rear, it unsettles the front overloaded tires, and they need those to steer. When the brake hurls the car’s weight forward; now the front tires are overloaded.
8. Ditch Distractions
You know that texting while driving is against the law and is extremely dangerous. If you don’t need your cell phone for navigating, it is better; you keep in your bag. And if at all you have the urgency of using your cell phone, slow down the speed of your car.
There are a lot of other issues that may cause a distraction while you are driving; such as; eating while driving, fiddling with the radio and having a very talkative passenger beside you.
There may be situations where may not know, where exactly you are or how you can get there. Even if you have the mobile car navigation system, you may find yourself confused as to which highway you are supposed to get on. Consequent to this panic, you may be urged to take a dangerous move. Therefore, scope out your route as clearly as possible before the start of your journey.
9. Pull Down on Steering Wheel
We have two types of muscle fibers; namely slow twitch and fast twitch. Slow twitch is used where endurance is required such as running a marathon. For quick sprinter-style bursts, you will be required to use fast twitch.
Based on these phenomena, you will be required to use fast twitch in your muscles for pulling down on the steering while. Therefore, when you are taking a left turn, instead of pushing up with your right hand, pull down the steering with your left hand so that you get more dexterity or control over the car.
10. Treat Your Car with Delicacy
When you slam on the gas, the weight of your car is thrown to the rear, thus unsettling the front tires. If you put a sudden brake, the weight of your car hurls forward and overloads your front tires. You should always keep in mind that the most important technology behind professional driving is ‘weight management.'
You have to control the ever-shifting mass of the car so that neither the front tires nor the rear tires are overloaded. Consider the shift knob as an egg and give your car the touch of delicacy and tenderness while rolling your steering wheel into turns, squeezing the gas and brakes or moving the transmission lever.
Tips; Short-distance Trips
- Do not take up a trip when you are tired. Take proper rest before you start.
- Get your tires properly inflated.
- Avoid warming up the car in enclosed area.
- Do not mix radial tires with other types of tires.
- At least, half fill your gas tank to avoid any freeze-up of gas line...
- Do not use your parking brake in cold or snowy weather
- Avoid using cruise control while you are driving on a surface slippery, because of being wet, icy or sandy.
- Focus on looking and steering where you intend to go.
- Use your seat belt.
Long-distance Winter Trips
- Watch the weather reports and take special care if you are visiting isolated areas. If you find any adverse indication, you should delay the trip. Be sure to let others know all about your proposed trip such as route, destination and expected time of returning
- Ensure that your car is in peak operating condition for which you should get it thoroughly inspected by a reputed auto repair facility.
- Keep your gasoline tank full when you start and half-full, all the time.
- Carry your cellular phone, blankets, hats, gloves, warm coats, sweaters, food, water, and first-aid and prescribed medications.
- If you are required to dig your car out of the snow, then avoid ever-exerting yourself, physically and mentally.
- In the case of any distress, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna.
- See that the exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow, mud or ice. If clogged, the exhaust may cause the hazardous carbon monoxide gas, leaking into the passenger compartment, while your engine is running.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly for regaining traction and avoiding any skids.
- Believe in the adage ‘slow and steady wins the rest’ so that you get time to maneuver at stopping and turning.
- Do not try to power up uphill.
I grew up in Minneapolis and then moved to Boston. Having passed through different rough and tough conditions, I like to drive more slowly and with proper attention, while I am driving in the weather.
There is a host of challenges that you have to face while driving in winter. Snow, slush, and icy roads are the main constraints for drivers to see, slow and stop. I like to share with you the following driving tips for winter. These can make your next winter trip easier and enjoyable.