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Driving a vehicle can be challenging especially for beginners who have just started out.  

Today we will explain to you how you can become a confident driver by making your drive safe and secure. 

Adjust your side mirrors correctly 

Side mirrors are important to have a clear view of what’s going on the road. Before you hit the road, make sure that they are in the right position. If the side mirrors are poorly positioned, you will see a blind spot, the part of the road which increases the chance of missing adjacent vehicles. 

To make sure that the position of side-view mirrors is correct, make sure you don’t see the interior of the car. Also, the rear-view mirror should give you the view of the back window of the car. 

While adjusting your car’s mirror, don’t leave the driver’s position and make all the changes while you are on the driver’s seat. 

Know the wheels 

When you don’t know the exact position of your wheels, you will end up hitting potholes on the road and scratching the hubcaps when parking the vehicle. 

Most of the beginners cannot feel the wheels. To have a better understanding of the wheels, practice hitting objects on the road with your wheel. You can use a plastic bottle. Put it on the road than try to drive over the bottle with both of your wheels. First use the left wheel then the right wheel. 

Turn the high beams on when the machine doesn’t start 

It becomes challenging in winters for the cars to start immediately as the batteries get cold. You can use high beams or indicators to make them warm. 

 

Give extra attention to car control on wet roads 

When you see a puddle on the road, reduce your speed and pass through, at a slow pace. Moving on high speed will cause the water to reach the ignition and the engine may get stalled. 

It will also increase the risk of hydroplaning as the grooves would be filled with water and won’t be able to channel it out of the way. Don’t change the speed of your car and avoid using brakes. Dry them thoroughly after they have surpassed the standing water as they would be still wet. 

You can hit the brake paddle a few times as it will create friction between them and dry up the brakes in return. 

 Observe the bigger cars in front of you 

Offering a better view of the road, taller cars provide better sight and let the driver notice any accident or road-blockage ahead of time. If you see buses or trucks, moving towards a different lane, follow them.  

Use less used car parts 

Many people don’t use air conditioners in the winter season. Hence, over time dust gets collected in the system. So don’t keep it unutilised for months. Turn it on twice a month so it stays in a working condition. 

Similarly, the hand brakes deteriorate if left unused. If you don’t do angle parking, utilise the hand breaks some other way, so they stay activated.  

Keep the rear-view at a low angle during night time 

Lowering the position of your rear-view mirror at night will help you avoid any blinding light reflecting from the vehicle behind you. Use the rear-view mirror smartly and utilise both modes by using the lever under it. 

Maintain a considerable distance from other vehicles
Another big mistake that most beginners do is not maintaining a proper distance from the vehicle that is ahead of them. While you adhere to all the driving rules and ride the car decently, make sure you maintain a decent amount of distance. To be safe and secure while driving, the best way is to have the nature of a defensive driver and move steadily. 

Always check the tyre pressure before driving 

Maintaining proper pressure in the tyre is not a difficult task. A properly inflated tyre will not just keep you safe from accidents but will also increase fuel-efficiency and durability of the car tyres. 

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