Are you a master of the road, or an amateur driver? Here is how to know

Practice makes things better and that is why expert drivers, who have been driving for years know what exactly to do. There are small differences between beginners and expert drivers. We are sure if you know the habits that set the expert drivers apart from the beginners. Here are ten such habits.

Saving the clutch

Most budget Indian cars do not offer a dead pedal. The most common practice that beginners do is to rest their left foot on the clutch pedal. While it may not look like much but keeping constant pressure on the clutch pedal will engage the clutch and fasten its wear and tear. It also reduces the life of the transmission. If there is no dead pedal in the car, use the floor to rest your foot.

Drive on low-beams

High beams can be blinding, especially the headlamps that use high-power LED lamps. Always using the high beam can blind the driver coming from the opposite side and cause accidents. Experienced drivers know how difficult it is to drive with high beams flashing on their eyes. To make the roads a safe place, always drive on low beams.

Prolong the life of brakes

Slamming the brakes reduces the life of the brake pads significantly. Expert drivers can predict when they have to slow down by looking at the situation ahead and using the road space to slow down well in advance. Slowing down using engine braking and physical brakes will increase the life of brakes significantly.

Always use rearview mirrors

wing mirror

An expert driver knows that looking ahead is as important as looking behind. It is always safe to know about the surroundings and the position of other vehicles on the road. One should always develop a habit of checking all three mirrors every few seconds and that will ensure that they do not get caught in a tricky situation leading to accidents.

Know where to rest the left hand

Close up of senior man holding one hand on gearshift and other on steering wheel while sitting in his car. Selective focus on hand.

The gear lever is not an armrest but many people do not know that. Most people keep their left hand on the gear lever as they drive around. Resting the hand on the lever of a manual transmission will cause the ball bearings in the transmission to wear pretty quickly. Repairing a transmission unit is pretty expensive.

Knows how to warm up and cool down an engine

Warming up the engine so the engine oil can lubricate better is a myth! Modern engines do not need to idle for minutes to warm up. Simply start the car, strap the seat belt, wait for a minute and you’re good to go. However, it is always advisable to keep the engine speed below 2,000 rpm when you cold start. Let the engine heat up, let the engine oil become thinner and reach every corner of the engine to protect it better.

And if you own a car with a turbocharger, it is also important to disperse all the exhaust gases from the turbocharger. How do you do that? Simply, drive the last mile to your destination without revving too high. It will cool down the turbocharger quickly and also disperse the gases.

Not free-revving the engine

Getting bored at the red light so you start pushing the accelerator every now and then? Well, that is too bad for your engine. Free revving the engine will simply reduce the life. It makes the engine unnecessary hotter and wears it down!

Not lane hogging

The rightmost lane is the favourite of beginners and they really love to stick to it while driving much slower than the traffic around. Lane hogging is illegal in many developed countries. It simply causes a bottleneck and slows down the traffic. The rightmost lane is for overtaking purposes only and once you do that, return to the middle lane and drive at your comfortable speed.

Not knowing the car you are driving

Photo presents car’s, vehicle’s speedometer or tachometer with visible information display – ignition warning lamp and brake system warning lamp, visible symbols of instrument cluster ( ten check warning light), with warning lamps illuminated.

If you see a light coming on the dashboard and are putting a query on your timeline to ask your friends about it, you should learn more about the vehicle you’re driving. Always the car manual page-by-page and know everything about the car. Know where is the oil pan is located and the location of other essential parts under the car. This will help you avoid any damage to the underbody.

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