New Year New Start – Our Best Car Tips for 2019!

1. Rainproof Your Windscreen
Manufacturers recommend replacing your wiper blades every three months. Keep a spare set in your boot. A product such as CarPlan Glass Cleaner can also help minimise the work of your windscreen wipers; spray it onto the glass every few weeks. In some light rains, it makes the wipers almost unnecessary.

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2. Skip the DIY Car Wash 
Washing a car at home uses five to 20 times more water than a professional car wash.

3. Eliminate Distractions 
As driving instructors stress, your hands tend to follow where your eyes are looking. Adjusting the radio dial takes 5.5 seconds—and that’s 5.5 seconds when his eyes may not be on the road and both hands may not be on the wheel. Dialing a phone triples your risk of a crash. Reaching for a moving object increases it nine times. Worst of all is texting, which makes you 23 times more likely to crash.

4. Lower Your Seat
Drivers who sit higher feel as if they’re driving slower. Thus, SUV drivers, who are already piloting the vehicles most prone to roll, drive faster because they feel like they’re creeping along. So lower your seat to get the sensation of more speed.

5. Turn Your Lights On
A Canadian study from 1994 found that people who drive with their headlights on during daylight hours have an 11 percent decreased risk of being in an accident with another automobile. 

6. Assume the Position 
Smaller blind spots mean you’ll crane your neck less. Try this mirror adjustment method: Set your rearview mirror as you normally would, then tilt it upward so you sit up straight. Lean your head against the driver’s window, then set your left mirror so you can see the back corner of your car. Lean right to do the right mirror. 

7. Save Your Clutch 
Don’t ride your clutch in anticipation of shifts. You’ll accelerate quicker and your clutch will last longer if you use it like expensive aftershave —sparingly. 

8. Check Your Hands 
Your seat is positioned properly when you can hang your wrists over the top of the steering wheel. And remember not to grip the wheel as you would a tennis racket, with your thumbs wrapped around so that they connect in back with your fingers. Instead, leave your thumbs on top of the wheel. Otherwise, in a collision, the wheel can whip back around and snap your thumbs. 

9. Look Left, Then Right 
Forty percent of car crashes occur at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as do 22 percent of all fatal crashes.

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of https://www.menshealth.com/best-life/100-best-car-tips

 

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