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Whether you are driving or riding for work in the gig economy, it is your responsibility to operate vehicles in a way that does not put you or others’ peoples lives at risk. Here, we’ll talk about some quick-and-dirty tips on how to drive safely and why it can be an important driving force behind your success.
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Lesson 1 - Risky Driving
As traffic congestion keeps getting worse and worse...
...and as more and more of us feel pressured to drive faster to meet our job responsibilities...
...safe driving often takes a back seat.
Engaging in unsafe driving practices can affect not only others but most importantly, you.
Aggressive Driving The following are some examples of aggressive driving:
Failing to signal during a lane change
and running a red light
Here are 9 simple tips on how to practice safe driving:
Tip #1 Drive the vehicle only if you are a licensed and experienced driver.
Tip #2 Keep your focus Ensure that you're well-rested and avoid distractions like texting and eating. As much as possible, avoid driving more than 8 hours per day.
Tip #3 Obey speed limits at all times Pay attention to when you have to reduce your speed, depending on road and weather conditions.
Tip #4 Wear seat belts at all times Regularly inspect and replace any missing, broken, or damaged belts and buckles.
Tip #5 Always inspect and check the tires' pressure. They must be properly inflated and the tread should not be worn down. Take note that tire pressures vary between the front and back tires.
Tip #6 Know your Spare Tire Old tires are not recommended to be used even during emergencies because it might be dangerous. The Tire Identification Number (TIN) can help you identify the age of the tire (it is located at each tire's side wall).
Lastly, here are some ways on how to avoid aggressive driving: 💡 Remain calm during traffic. 💡 Be patient and courteous to other drivers. 💡 Do not take other drivers’ actions personally. 💡 Plan your route ahead of time to reduce stress. This gives you leeway in terms of travel time and avoiding crowded roads.
Lesson 3 - Vehicle Maintenance
Ignoring vehicle maintenance is like waiting for a disaster to happen.
Not only will it cost you time money for repairs...
It might also cost you your life -- as accidents are more likely to occur when you fail to check up on your car.
Regular maintenance is key in preventing these problems from happening.
Keep an eye on the oil Oil lessens the friction in your engine, acting as a lubricant that keep engine parts from rubbing against each other. Use the dip stick to see oil levels and test its quality.
Pull out the dip stick and wipe it clean. Before you check, make sure the engine is cold or has been off for at least 10 minutes.
Insert the stick back again.
Pull the dipstick out and look at the end of the stick. Read the marks. If the oil is between the low and full marks, you’re good to go.
Put the dip stick back again to the pipe and you’re done!
Question: Is having more oil better?
Check brakes We rely on our brake pads more than we realise. If they are thin and worn down, you may not have the stopping power that you need when it is most necessary. Look for signs of wear and get new ones when it’s time to replace them.
Inspect belts and hoses A damage to your car belt or hose can result in loss of electrical charging system, loss of power steering and overheated engine. Look for any signs of damage such as serious abrasions, cracks, bends, or fraying. If you notice them, replace them sooner than later.
Avoid battery corrosion Make sure battery terminals are free from corrosion. You can do this by removing the clamps and wipe away the grease, dirt and oxidation. Don’t forget to regularly check your battery water level indicator and top up as needed.
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