Common Driving Mistakes!
It doesn’t matter how skilled someone is we are all bound to make mistakes and here are some of them:
1. Driving around on Tire Pressure that’s Low
Having the correct tire pressure is important for driving safety. Incorrect pressure can affect your car’s handling, braking, fuel economy, your comfort while riding and the life of your tires. Tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (psi) and each manufacturer recommends the best psi for their vehicles.
2. Running your car on the Wrong Fuel
By using higher octane fuel where lower is specified, you will create no problems with your engine. It does not (by popular belief) add any power to your engine, but will not harm it at all. Worst case scenario is you’ve just wasted some money by buying the more expensive fuel.
The best kind of octane is that one which your manufacturer recommends to make sure that things do function as they should.
3. Adjusting your, Rear and Side-View, mirrors properly
You should make sure that your rear view mirror has the full view of the back window. It is especially important that the driver sets the mirror in such a way that their eyes and not their head moves when checking this mirror.
Each of the side mirrors should be adjusted wide enough to be able to gain fully view of any blind spots. The mirrors should have some part of the side of the car in its view.
4. Going Slow In the Overtaking Lane
There are regular highway/freeway drivers out there that do know the frustration that is associated with getting behind someone who is holding up traffic on the fast lane, and on occasions doing this by travelling at ridiculously slow speeds. It is important to note that on the Freeways it is illegal to travel 20 km below the speed limit when traffic is free flowing.
If you are found not doing the required speed and thereby interrupting the flow of traffic you can be fined.
When driving always consider other road users and consider the effect your action will have on others, driving is like a team sport (with the only difference being) that we are all playing for this same team and the need to look out for each other to reach our goal (destination) safely is paramount.
5. Going Too Fast
Speeding or rushing is simply not the best way to drive and the results of that is:
1) Greater chance of an accident
2) Reduced reaction time
3) Increased braking distance
4) Increased fuel consumption
5) Increased maintenance cost
6. Use of Headlights
It’s always good to switch on your lights at dawn, dusk and during bad weather and obviously at night. Studies have shown that keeping them on at all times can help to reduce the chances of having a collision by up to 10%.
Keeping your light on for safety far outweighs the cost of replacing a blown light globe.
7. Sitting Position behind the Wheel
Some drivers feel more comfortable with the extra leg room by sitting too far back, but this can cause a real lack of control and delayed reaction time when something out of the ordinary occurs.
8. The Switching of Lanes
Switching lanes at the last minute to make a left or right turn can be very dangerous. It is important to have the signals on for at least 30 meters which is about the time required for other road users to work out what it is you intend doing.
9. Amber/Yellow lights – Stop if it’s Safe to do so
- If from a distance the light is Green, plan your approach i.e.
- Tell yourself, from a distance – if it turns amber I will stop –
- Keep repeating this until you get closer to the lights and if it is still green –
- Tell yourself, if it turns amber I will go
- If you do have to stop suddenly for whatever reason, you MUST (I can’t emphasis this enough) check your rear view mirror to see if it is safe to do so.
10. Paying Attention to Signs
This is very helpful especially if you are in unfamiliar territory, signs take away a lot of the guess work. If you see a sign take note of it, because there may be a need for you to use it.
11. Driving Through Too Much Water
If it’s a large puddle make every effort to go around it rather than through it, if you have to go through it do it with caution just as you would with debris, branches or anything out of the ordinary.
Damage to the vehicle could be expensive, so be careful
We thank you for taking the time to read through this and the other entire articles that we have published and would welcome an queries you may have in regards to driving and/or being safe on the road.
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