What are some of the most important on-road driving tips?

01 Sep 2013

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Routinely check your tires: Always check your tyres before you hit the road. Keep your tyres properly inflated. The correct air pressure for your tyres is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle door edge, door post, and glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner's manual. 
Be aware of your physical condition, and be alert while driving in the city:You need good vision and good hearing, and you must be alert and responsive. Never drive when you have been drinking alcohol; taken any prescription or over-the-counter medicine that can cause drowsiness; are under the influence of any drug that may affect your performance or perception; are very tired; or are emotionally upset. 
Slow down:Watch your speed. Driving at slower speeds gives you more time to react to unexpected situations.
Pay attention to any seasonal driving requirements: You not only have to prepare your car and tyres for winter, but for other seasons. Fog, excessive rainfall, glare and heat all bring specific kinds of adjustments and maintenance. 
Become a good night time driver: Night driving can be a pleasure if you are aware of the special alertness demanded by low visibility.
A few fundamentals:
  • Keep your headlights and tail lights on for the entire period between sunset and sunrise.
  • Put your headlights on low-beam when another vehicle is within 200 metres, or when driving behind another vehicle.
  • If your car breaks down at night, make sure that other drivers can see your car and stop in time.
  • Turn on the hazard warning lights and, if possible, pull off the road.
  • Avoid stopping just over a hill or just around a curve. A car following you may not see you in time.
  • Take good notice of roadside reflectors and any other helpful visual signals to stay on the road at night.