Things You Didn't Know You Were Doing Wrong With Your Car
Here are some of the things that you may be doing wrong with your car
All of us have been driving for years and we consider ourselves to be pretty good drivers. But bad driving habits are insidious and before you know it, you have started doing things the wrong way.
Let us look at some possible things that you are doing wrong.
Hands Position on Wheel
Putting your hands on the 10 and 2 position is not only wrong, but can also be dangerous as the force of the airbags can damage them severely. The best way of gripping the wheel is the 9 and 3 position.
Adjusting the ORVMs
Most of us adjust the Outer Rear View Mirrors so we see our car in them. This is unsafe and creates blind spots. The best way to calibrate your wing mirrors is to ask a friend to walk behind the car and make sure his reflection moves perfectly from mirror to mirror.
Braking on a Corner
When you brake as you start to turn, the weight is transferred to the front of the car – which means the rear wheels don’t have as much traction. The ideal way is to slow down as you approach a curve.
Revving your engine when cold
This is one of the most common mistakes made by drivers. When you start your engine, the oil is not warm. So, when you hit that accelerator when your car is idle, you are actually increasing wear and tear. If your AC is blowing hot air, don’t press the accelerator, that’s a simple indication.
Driving down a hill on neutral
This seems to be a good idea to save fuel, but actually it is not such a great one. When you are NOT in gear, you need to constantly hit the brakes when you are going downhill which they will get all hot and bothered and start to boil – literally! When you stay in gear, you are actually using the engine to slow you down.
Using the Car in Front of You
Quite a few of us tend to focus on the car in front– a mistake since relative to your car, the car in front is stationary - which makes everything else appear to be a blur. What you are basically doing is letting the driver in front guide you. Try looking through the windshield of the car in front of you so you know what’s ahead on the road.