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So you've studied hard, discovered many Tips on Driving and done lots of practice, all in anticipation of that defining moment when you pass your Driving Test and receive your full Drivers Licence.

Pass your testOnce the testing is over and you are finally driving alone, the last thing you need is to be stranded at 1.00am with a broken down car, bogged to the axles in mud, lose control of your vehicle on a wet road or even something as simple as running out of gas.

Gathering practical tips for driving is invaluable, since road conditions and circumstances are always changing; therefore you need to be always adjusting your driving to suit.

Below are some simple Tips on Driving to help make your motoring safe and trouble free.

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Tips on Driving - Vehicle maintenance

The roadworthiness of your vehicle is an important part of driving and is often neglected, so we have put together a number of regular interval checks that should be carried out to ensure smooth motoring.

  • Check your engine oil and radiator coolant level at least once a week.
  • Check the condition of your tires and their pressure regularly, as they are the only things that connect your car to the road surface.
  • Replace your wiper blades before winter each year and top-up your washer water level regularly.
  • Check your headlights, indicators; tail and brake lights are all working at least once a week.

Your car should be serviced and a safety check carried out by a qualified repairer every 6 months or 6000 miles.

Check your fan belt for tightness and condition, make sure there are no splits or cracks. The fan belt can run a number of systems on your car for example:

  • Water pump and fan - prevents your engine from overheating.
  • Alternator - recharges your battery.
  • Power steering pump - allows you to turn the steering wheel more easily.
  • Air-conditioning compressor

Add some windscreen-cleaning additive to your washer bottle. A handy product to use is a good quality household anti-streak window cleaning liquid.

Always check you have sufficient gas in the tank to complete your journey, fill your tank when it reaches half full on your gauge instead of running on empty!

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Tips on Driving at Night

Driving at night requires extra concentration since your field of vision is greatly reduced, but there are a number of simple tips for driving at night that will make it a bit easier and a lot safer.

These tips for driving at night encourage using the circumstances to your best advantage.

Always dip your headlights from high beam to low beam as soon as you see headlights approaching as the glare from high beam can be intense. Your fellow driver can be reluctant to dip their lights until you do, so try not to make it a "Mexican stand off".

Try not to look directly at the approaching headlights, instead look slightly towards the right hand side of the road; a good guide sometimes is to look at the painted lines to the side of the road surface and as the car passes you will notice that your eyes re-adjust much quicker.

As you are approaching a side road (T-intersection) you can look for the headlight glare to warn you that a car is approaching from the side before you actually see it.

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Applying these simple maintenance tips for driving at night will maximize your vision. Make sure your headlights and windscreen are clean.

Regularly check that your battery is in good condition and that the terminals are corrosion free and tight. Applying vaseline to the terminals helps prevent corrosion.

Check the fan belt is tight and free from cracks and splits, it runs the alternator which charges your battery..

Allow yourself more time when turning, or pulling out in front of oncoming cars as your perception of distance is reduced. Objects appear further away than they actually are.

When driving in country areas, including daylight hours, try to use your peripheral vision to watch for animals to the side that may unexpectedly cross the road.

Tips on Driving Long Distance and Holidays

The road trip can be a lot of fun but can be ruined by slack planning and pushing yourself too far. Here are a number of tips on driving the long haul.

One of the biggest factors to consider is fatigue, so try and plan your trip with distances you feel you can manage. Plan your trip with sufficient rest periods;

  • Try to have a break every 2 - 3 hours.
  • Share the driving responsibilities if possible.
  • Drive during hours that you are normally awake. Driving when your body is telling you to sleep is a recipe for disaster.
  • Make sure your car has been properly serviced and all safety checks carried out.
  • Put together a basic toolkit for minor repairs
  • Ensure you have a spare tire, or two and even extra gas if your heading to remote locations.
  • Carry a set of battery jumper leads and make sure they are suitable for vehicle electronics with surge protectors.

One of the last tips on driving, which I've mentioned before, is to ensure you have a full tank of gas when you leave and check the distance to the next gas station. As you travel, fill up the tank more often so you don't get caught if the gas station is closed, I really hate running out of gas!

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