Tips For Comfortable Driving
Ensure a smooth ride for you and your passengers with these easy tips for a smooth and comfortable ride.
Be aware of your physical condition
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. These can all cause you to become careless.Back to top
Consciously work on acquiring the right level of awareness and attitude
A simple trick to increase awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses is to do a "running commentary" once, out loud, as you drive. This will give you a more complete picture of everything that is happening. You may notice new factors that can affect your safety. And lastly, it may improve your self-knowledge, making you aware of potential weak points and dangers, like lack of concentration or mistakes in anticipating behaviour of other drivers.Back to top
As an older driver, re-evaluate your driving regularly
Chronological age alone is not a good indicator of driving capacity. However, as an older driver, you may notice that your reaction time, vision or hearing has declined. Be especially alert to the judgment of family, friends and others about your skills. You may want to take a refresher course, or share your driving obligations with another person. If you notice that driving is causing unacceptable stress or risk, you may want to seek alternatives. Make sure you have up-to-date information on public transportation and other services. Signs of diminished capacity for driving safely include a series of minor collisions or near misses; wandering thoughts or the inability to concentrate while driving; the inability to read ordinary road signs; other drivers honk at you frequently; or having the police, your family or your friends speak to you about your driving.Back to top
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.
Going too slow can be hazardous, but whenever you find yourself in difficult conditions like fog, rain, snow or glare, reduce your speed. Don't rush or lose patience.Back to top