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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Road Safety

I attended a road safety workshop last week.
Key pointers that I want to jot down here
  • carry a small hammer in your dashboard (not boot)- for emergencies like flood when one is unable to open the window or auto locks
  • carry water & snacks
  • Seat belts off course
  • check side & rearview mirrors before starting
  • give a warning right signal when starting after parking by roadside
  • follow lane markings- a dotted line means you are allowed to switch lanes, a solid line is equivalent to a median- do not even atempt to cross
  • road signs have 3 categories- mandatory- within a circle, warning- within a triangle, information- within a square
  • the right distance of your seat from the wheel is ajudged by seeing the angle that your hands/ legs make- 155 degree on the steering wheel or pedals
  • the optimum distance between you and the car in the front is 2 seconds- gives you time enough to react when the front car brakes suddenly- now how do you see whether you are at a 2 second distance- say 1 thousand 1 pause pause 1 thousand 2 when the car in front reaches a fixed pole or spot- when you say 2- you should have reached the fixed spot too (while i was counting and maintaining this distance- a car from the next lane filled the spot by the way but that is matter for other post)
  • wheel rotation is important- do not leave the 5th wheel new- tyres do wear out- retread/ change
  • change wipers- they wear out with time
  • Do not look at the speaker while driving- eyes on the road
  • switch off mobiles if possible
  • The time taken to Observe, Judge, Decide & Act takes 3/4th of a second- so eyes on the road
  • Let others go- you be cool
  • learn to change tyre (no they did not tell this at the workshop- our tyre punctured and there was no help in the vicinity)- Hubby bravely started but could not get the wheel out-

-lessons- loosen the nuts on tyre before jacking up

- its easy to jack up- if you are finding it difficult you have put the jack wrong!

- Finally- if you cannot- look for a driver of another car to help- most of them know how to change tyres!


Usha said...

Hey Many thanks for this. I have been driving for close to 30 years and still did not know many of these.

Nagesh.MVS said...

Very useful post.Every one must follow these rules.
Do more posts please.
Work from home India

Singapore Driving Instructor said...

Dun forget the basic car maintenance as well!