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Safe driving tips

A safer ride

A few good things to be reminded of… and maybe even a few tips that you didn’t know about!

Driving safely on wet roads

  1. Always drive with two hands to stay in control.
  2. Slow down: tyres will have better traction and contact with the road.
  3. Increase your distance from other cars significantly.
  4. Stay vigilant of other drivers and dangers in your surroundings. Anticipate dangerous situations rather than waiting to react to them.
  5. Before turning: only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn as this can make you slip.
  6. While turning: slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn.
  7. While turning: don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements.
  8. Inspect your tyres monthly: make sure that your tyres have the proper amount of tread and tyre pressure.
  9. Choose tyres that offer maximum grip in wet weather.

Avoid sliding

What is it:

Your rear or front tyres won’t follow the direction of the steering.

How to regain control:

Gently ease up on the accelerator and slow down until the car regains traction.

How to avoid it:
Tyre maintenance tips

  • Check the air pressure monthly
  • Check the tread depth monthly – tyres need enough tread to evacuate water

Driving tip:

  • Drive slower

Braking in rain

  • On wet roads, braking distance is increased compared to dry roads.
  • Brake much earlier than you would on dry roads.
  • Double the distance between you and the car in front of you; you will need the
    extra time to stop safely.

What to do if you slide forward instead of turning

What is it:

Your front tyres lose traction before your rear tyres. This is called under-steering. Your car doesn’t follow the turn and slides straight off the road.

How to regain control:

Gently ease up on the accelerator and slow down until the car regains traction.

How to avoid it:
Tyre maintenance tips

  • Check the air pressure monthly.
  • Check the tread depth monthly.

Avoid spinning out from a turn

What is it:

Your rear tyres lose traction before your front tyres and you start to spin.

How to regain control:

  • If you have a front-wheel drive: accelerate, and if you need to, turn away from the turn.
  • If you have a rear-wheel drive: ease up on the accelerator and turn away from the skid.
  • If you have an all-wheel drive: turn in the same direction that you are skidding. Once you have regained traction, turn away.

How to avoid it:
Tyre maintenance tips

  • Check the air pressure monthly.
  • Check the tread depth monthly.
  • Have your tyres rotated regularly so that they wear evenly.
  • If you only purchase two new tyres, make sure that they are placed at the rear of the vehicle.

Driving tip:

  • Do not turn too sharply.

Avoid hydroplaning

What is it:

The tyres slip and do not respond to steering, braking or accelerating. The vehicle can even skid or spin. It occurs when the water between your tyres and the road cannot be removed quickly enough. This layer of water builds up in front of the tyre until the pressure of the tyre exceeds the pressure of the tyre on the road. This is when the tyre loses contact with the road.

How to regain control:

  • Don’t hit the brakes suddenly.
  • Ease off the accelerator gently until you slow down and regain traction.

How to avoid it:
Tyre maintenance tips

  • Check your tyre pressure monthly. Tyre pressure below 30% of what is recommended greatly increases the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Check the tyre wear and tread depth monthly. The more tread depth you have, the more water your tyres can disperse.
  • Reduce your speed when approaching large puddles or standing water.

Pressure is key

Fact:

Under-inflated tyres are one of the biggest causes of wasting fuel.

Tyre maintenance tips

  • Check your tyre pressure monthly. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption. Over-inflated tyres have less grip.

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How to drive to reduce fuel consumption

  • Drive at a constant speed, avoiding rapid stops and starts.
  • Change gears between 2,000 to 2,500 RPM to keep your engine speed as low as possible.
  • Use air-conditioning sparingly, especially in the city.
  • Keep windows closed at high speeds. On the motorway, even one open window increases fuel consumption.
  • Turn off the engine when the car is at a standstill, for example in a traffic jam or at a railway crossing, if it is safe to do so.
  • Drive light. Extra weight increases fuel consumption and polluting emissions.
    Remove unused accessories like roof racks and luggage carriers, which create aerodynamic drag.
  • Limit the use of electronics. Plug-in electrical appliances consume energy and fuel.

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Choosing your tyres

  • Choose tyres that have “fuel economy” as one of their main performance characteristics.
  • Tyres that have “traction” as their main characteristic will often have reduced fuel economy; winter tyres and tyres for heavier vehicles such as SUV and light trucks might not be the most fuel-efficient.

How to choose a tyre

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Tyre blowout

  • A loud noise will surprise you but try to stay calm.
  • Always keep both hands on the steering wheel and grip firmly. This may save your life in case of a sudden rapid deflation.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes, keep your foot on the accelerator.
  • Keep the direction of the car as straight as possible.
  • Shift to a lower gear quickly, and use the engine to slow down.
  • Brake slowly to lower the speed.
  • Bring the car to a halt in a safe place.