Safety Tips For New Drivers

Safety Tips For New Drivers

Driving for the first time after you get your drivers’ license can be quite an intimidating experience. You are finally allowed to join the chaotic world of road transport that is filled with all sorts of drivers. Chances are, you will get to encounter the worst of drivers during your first drive. But don’t worry, here are some safety tips that will keep you safe on the road as a new driver.

Always wear a seat belt

You have probably heard this a gazillion times, but always ensure that you and other occupants in the car to wear a seat belt. This simple act can improve the safety for the vehicle’ s occupants in all sorts of accidents. If seat belts are uncomfortable for you, there are several seat belt covers available that can help. People that suffer from fibro and sensory issues may need one. Another thing people forget to check is how the seat belt sits on you. It should be firmly across your shoulder and lap, not cutting at your neck. If it is cutting at your neck, take it back to the dealer to be adjusted.

Obey traffic rules

Sounds trivial, but traffic rules were developed to create order and to improve safety while using the road. So make sure to apply all that knowledge you acquired in driving school. Sometimes you may even need to refer back to the manual because it is a lot of information to remember. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your states drivers manual in the glove box of your car.

Do not text while driving

This is a mistake that most beginner drivers and even experienced drivers make. Texting or using your phone can create a major distraction while driving, which increases your chances of getting involved in an accident. Develop a habit for not touching your phone while driving.

Monitor your surroundings

While driving, make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. This means that you should continually check your mirrors and outside of your windows to identify any objects or other road users, their position, and their speed relative to you. This will allow you to make more effective judgments in case of an incident.

Practicing these good tips will help you be a safe and educated driver.

 

 

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving occurs when drivers drive while engaging in another activity that is taking their attention away from driving.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people die everyday from incidents that involved a distracted driver. Moreover, there are more than one 1,000 accidents that occur as a result of distracted driving each day. It is, therefore, important that drivers do not engage in other activities while driving.

The three primary distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive.

Visual distractions occur when the driver takes their eyes off the road. They might do this in case another object or incident draws their attention.

Manual distractions, on the other hand, occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel in order to engage in other activities such as texting, adjusting climate control, radio or other activities in the car that require the driver to use their hands.

Cognitive distractions occur when the driver’ takes their mind off the driving. For instance, they could engage their mind in deep thought about a certain issue, thereby distracting them from the process of driving. This also includes sleep deprivation. When you are sleep deprived your senses and focus is not sharp.

Texting while driving is the most significant form of distractions since it creates a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction. This makes it a considerable threat for the safety of the driver and other road users.

Distracted driving results in numerous incidents some of which involve fatalities. In order to improve the safety on our roads, it is important that drivers can refrain from engaging in any of the activities discussed, which might distract them from the process of driving. By doing so, they would you would be playing an active role in making our roads safer for all drivers.

4 Tips To Increase The Performance of your Car

How to increase the performance of your car

The majority of modern consumer cars come under powered from the factory. This creates for a slow and non-engaging driving experience. Squeezing more power out of your engine can create a new driving experience that is more engaging and fulfilling. Also, you get to go anywhere faster, which is why most people increase the performance of their cars.

Here some tips on how you can improve the performance of your car.

Install a performance intake

Installing a performance intake reduces the restrictions for air getting into the engine allowing it to produce more power and torque. This is probably the cheapest way to improve the performance of your car without affecting its practicality.

Install a performance exhaust

A performance exhaust allows exhaust gases to flow more freely, thereby reducing the exhaust back pressure which reduces the engine power. However, this modification would make your car noticeably louder. Also, it could be illegal in some states so it always a good idea to check your states laws before installing.

Get A Tune Up

Tuning your car allows you to control the air-fuel ratios and hence the power that the engine produces. In some cases, tuning your engine can deliver an increase in power as well as an improvement in fuel economy.

Weight Reduction

You can reduce the weight of your car by swapping out parts such as fenders, hoods, trunk lids, wheels, and brake rotors with parts that are made out of lighter materials such as alloys, carbon fiber, or glass fiber. You could also choose to strip some of the interior. However, this could affect the practicality of your vehicle. Weight reduction improves the power to weight ratio allowing you to utilize more power from the engine.

These four tips describe the most effective ways of improving the performance of your car.

Insurance Made Simple

 

Insurance made simple

Understanding car insurance can be quite a challenging fete. Given that car insurance is mandatory in the majority of the states, it is necessary that you understand the basic terms that are used in insurance.

Car insurance is basically an agreement between a car owner and the insurance company, which offers protection for the car owner against financial loss in case of an accident, theft or damage to the car. In exchange, the owner of the car has to pay a premium to the insurance company.

There are three main insurance coverages which are property, liability, and medical coverages.

Liability damage covers any damage that the car owner or any other driver operating the car might cause to another person’s car or property. In some states, this is the minimum requirement for a car insurance. It is also referred to as third-party liability coverage.

Comprehensive insurance provides coverage against damage from an incident such as a collision, vandalism, fire, or floods. It also provides coverage against theft. It also covers damage that the car owner might cause to another person’s car or property.

Personal Injury Protection  (PIP) or Medical Coverage offers treatment or medical coverage for passengers in the policyholder’s car. This type of insurance covers the medical bills, lost wages, as well as costs for the funerals in case of a fatality. However, the passengers are covered only until a certain amount, say $5,000 each, depending on the insurance policy.

Other types of insurance coverages include collision insurance, which covers your car from damage that might result from any form of collision with another car or an object. There is a maximum limit to which your insurance company will cover damage caused by a collision. Similarly, it has a minimum deductible. Higher maximum limits and lower deductibles attract higher insurance premiums.

Each state has unique insurance requirements. Be sure to consult your state laws to determine what type of insurance you require.

Services Drivers Neglect and Shouldn’t

While some drivers treat their vehicles like delicate glass figurines, other drivers view their vehicles as machines of practicality—the most efficient way to get from point A to point B. Whichever camp you fall in, you know that regular oil changes and preventative maintenance are two of the easiest ways to keep your car in good health. Even if car care isn’t your favorite topic of conversation, it pays to take it seriously.

No. 1: Differential Service

Here’s a fun physics fact: when your car turns a corner, the outside wheels travel more than the inside ones, meaning they have a higher RPM (or revolutions per minute). To help you turn corners smoothly and safely, your car is equipped with a mechanism that helps the wheels revolve at independent speeds. This set of gears and fluid is called the differential.

If your vehicle suffers from thin differential fluid or loose gears and bearings, you might hear whirring or rumbling when traveling over 15 mph, banging when rounding corners, or a high pitched howl while accelerating.  Differential fluid is one of your car’s many essential lubrication fluids, but it’s also one of the most forgotten due to the fact that it’s not serviced nearly as often as others.

No. 2: Wheel Alignment

Remember playing with toy cars and trucks as a kid? They never seemed to roll straight. While “energetic steering” on your part may have been to blame, it’s more likely that the wheels on your toy cars weren’t aligned very well.

Ideally, a vehicle’s wheels are even with each other and all pointed straight ahead. If your car starts pulling to one side or wearing unevenly, come find us before the problem gets worse. Poor alignment can negatively impact steering components and decrease your tires’ lifespan by thousands of miles. Yup. Thousands of miles. To better protect yourself (and your wallet), I recommend having your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so.

No. 3: Timing Belt

Your engine’s timing belt regulates the timing (as you probably expected!) of the engine’s crankshaft and camshafts so that your car operates smoothly. If the belt isn’t functioning normally, you might experience difficulty starting your car, overheating, a loss of engine power, or squealing and chirping noises. If you experience any of these symptoms, your timing belt might need to be replaced.

To head off such issues, we recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles depending on your vehicle. Timing belts don’t like to give much notice before they fail, so talk to one of our technicians about your vehicle specifically. The technician will be able to examine your timing belt and provide you with a more accurate “timing” estimate for your timing belt.

No. 4: Transmission

If your car were a Thanksgiving feast, your transmission would be the gravy to your engine’s turkey. You can’t have one without the other! While the engine generates energy, the transmission transforms it into torque so that your car actually moves.

The transmission takes care of three important functions:

  1. transfers power to the wheels,
  2. engages engine power to move forwards or backwards,
  3. and enables the car to shift gears.

Without proper maintenance, your transmission could fail, leaving you stalled at an intersection and waiting for a tow. To avoid such an awkward and potentially expensive situation, start taking care of your transmission now. By regularly checking and changing transmission fluid and having your mechanic check transmission components during your vehicle’s regular maintenance, you can save yourself significant stress and cash down the road.

No. 5: Brake Service

Just as you should get an annual physical from your doctor, you should get your brakes checked each year or more often, especially if something feels off. Your car’s braking system contains a delicate balance of pads, rotors, calipers, a brake hose, fluid, and more. A seemingly insignificant problem with any one of these parts could mean the difference between a safe stop and a dangerous veer into the unknown.

No. 6: Fuel System Cleaning

Every car is equipped with a fuel injector. This device takes the gasoline you pump into your car’s tank and transforms it into itsy bitsy particles that mix with the air to generate more efficient internal combustion in the engine. Over time, the fuel system accumulates varnish and fuel deposits, making the fuel injector less effective. By getting your fuel system cleaned annually (or however often your car’s manufacturer recommends), you can avoid a sloppy, sludged up system. As an added bonus, a cleaner fuel system could increase your vehicle’s fuel economy while also improving its general performance. Sounds like your car’s lucky day!

Putting off important car services such as these could cost you big bucks in the long run, but could also lead to dangerous driving situations. Cars may be created equal, but they don’t stay that way. Each and every car wears differently depending on where the car is driven, how it’s driven, and a host of other factors. Don’t wait until a small fix turns into a mountainous problem (you want to be out enjoying the real mountains this winter, right?).