How To Find Driving School

Finding a good driving school is the first step in getting a driving permit which is mandatory in all the countries of the world to be able to drive an automobile in that country. Learning to drive may be easy, but being allowed to drive is the important thing. Given the nature of driving and the potential hazards of speed, it is no wonder that driving regulations are very strict. Indeed, getting one is an achievement and an event to celebrate.

Finding a good driving school is key to getting a driving license. Even good drivers need driving lessons. Especially if they come from another country, they have to relearn driving, according to the driving rules of that country, like the side of the road you are supposed to keep, the side the steering wheel, and the penalty structure for driving offenses.

What are the characteristics of a good driving school?

Preparing the learner for the driving test is an important task of the driving school. Towards this end also, the following are necessary in a good driving school

· Professional Instructors – who make it possible for their students to learn how to drive a car by feeling the responsibility of actually applying what is taught to them.

· Theory Test- it is always good to be tested on the theoretical knowledge that is necessary for a driver. In some countries it is mandatory to take a theory test, usually online.

· Skill training is complementary to the theory study, where actual skills are taught which are exclusively required for driving in that particular terrain and according to the road plans and rules. Emphasis is given to the need to perfect general skills like maneuvering the vehicle, parking, etc. all of which are tested by the authorities during the actual driving test.

· Good facilities – like a large area for learning to navigate etc.

· Comprehensive driving test- some schools conduct a theory and skills test on their own, so you could ask contacts for referrals of those schools.

How to locate a good driving school

It is best to locate one in your neighborhood itself. This makes it easy to go for lessons. You can ask around in your neighborhood for one of good repute and satisfying the above conditions. You can check online and take down the contact details of a few to get competitive rates.

What are the benefits of going to a good driving school

Personal training

The instructors train new drivers at a personal level, about the rules and procedures of the road. It is one thing to learn theoretically, but quite another when you are in the middle of the road driving amongst others who may or may not follow the rules. Teens especially benefit in this aspect.

Confidence Building of the right kind

Overconfidence and lack of confidence are the two demons that face new drivers. Teens usually fall in the first category which gets them into trouble with the authorities for speeding and not following traffic rules. Lack of confidence has you freeze up in anxiety when faced with an unexpected problem on the road like your car engine suddenly dying out.

Preparing Teens for the road – Teaching a teen to drive can be a trying experience for a parent who is concerned about his car as well! It is best to send them to a driving school from where they emerge as responsible drivers, leaving the brashness or diffidence behind.

 

How To Stay Safe on the Roads

Can you believe that we’re already coming to the last long weekend of the summer? It feels like just a week ago we were all saying “I’m so happy that summer has finally arrived”. Being the last long weekend of the summer, do you think that drivers become less aware of their surroundings? Are they worse drivers? What we do know is that there are A LOT of people on the roads, taking their families on road trips to the cottage, camping, and other events and attractions. We want you to be safe this Labour Day long weekend. As we look ahead and prepare for the coming school year, here are 6 tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads.

1. Make sure that you’re well rested.

If you’re tired, DO NOT drive. Either pull over and take a quick nap, or let your significant other drive and catch some shut-eye in the passenger seat. The consequences of falling asleep while driving can be disastrous, and it’s not worth the risk. Tired drivers also often make bad judgements. Consider it a form of impairment. You wouldn’t drive drunk. Don’t drive tired!

2. Follow all traffic signals and speed limits

Go with the flow of the traffic. Don’t be that one person weaving in and out of traffic in order to “make better time”, or the slow poke jamming up traffic. Both types of drivers are major causes of collisions. Keep in mind that the police will be out to ensure that everyone is obeying all speed limits and laws.

3. Stay focuses, and turn your phone off (or put it on mute)

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of collisions these days. If you absolutely must make a phone call or read or send a text message, pull over. Anything that takes your full concentration away from the road should be dealt with before continuing to drive. Also, check out some of the apps that automatically reply to text messages, telling the sender that you’re driving and will reply to their text later.

4. Stay sober!

If you plan on drinking, make sure that your celebrations include a designated driver. Impaired driving of any sort is NOT tolerated. If you think that you might have had too much to drink to be able to drive, you’ve already answered your own question. It’s not worth the risk of losing your license, or worse yet, hurting yourself, a love one, or someone else on the roads.

5. Consider all traffic and road conditions

Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you. If it’s raining, extend the distance between the vehicles. Avoid hitting the gas or brakes too hard that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Drive defensively, and be extra careful in bad weather. If the weather is bad, don’t rush. Plan to leave slightly earlier and allow for some extra stops.

6. Inspect your vehicle

Before leaving on your road trip, take some extra time to check your vehicle’s fluid levels, wipers, tire pressure, and tread wear. Also don’t forget to bring your jumper cables, blankets, batteries, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, and some non-perishable foods like bottled water, nuts, and granola bars.

 

Tricks To Saving Your Fuel

We all love to complain about the price of fuel, and few of us understand the mysteries around the seemingly random increases and decreases in costs at the pump. There are things we can all do to improve our gas mileage, however, whether we drive a brand new car or an old beater. Take a look at these fuel saving tips and put some extra money in your pocket.

Tire Pressures

Get used to checking your tire pressures regularly, at least once a week. Under-inflated tires cause excessive rolling resistance which results in burning more fuel. Conversely, the right tire pressures will reduce rolling resistance and therefore use less fuel.

How heavy is your load?

It makes sense that if your vehicle is loaded down with stuff your car is going to have to work harder in order to run, which means that it will take more gas to operate. Obviously there will be times when this cannot be avoided. But there may be an accumulation of stuff in your car that doesn’t really need to be there all the time, such as sporting equipment or tire chains. Lighten your load as often as possible and enjoy the perks of fuel saving.

Watch your lead foot

If you are one of those drivers who like to punch the accelerator to make quick manoeuvres, you are likely not going to enjoy any fuel saving. Try to maintain a more consistent speed, and even use cruise control when highway driving. These tips will help you to consume less fuel and may even have you arriving at your destination in a much calmer state!

It’s all about smooth

There’s a reason why jets are smooth and curved on the outside. They are specifically designed so that the air slides on by, rather than creating resistance to air flow. The same principle applies to your vehicle. If you have piled luggage on the roof and opened all your windows, the air can get “caught” and pull on your vehicle, slowing it down and causing it to work much harder to keep a steady pace. Once again, anything that works against efficiency will reduce your fuel saving.

Plan your trips carefully

Did you know that a cold car burns more fuel? Consider doing all of your errands in one trip rather than taking several trips from a cold start. A warm vehicle provides significant fuel saving over a cold one.

Premium versus regular fuel

Many people are under the impression that buying premium fuel improves their fuel saving. This is actually not true. Some studies have indicated that only about 6% of all vehicles on the road actually require premium fuel. If your car’s manufacturer isn’t recommending premium fuel then you are wasting your money!

Schedule regular maintenance

Having your vehicle serviced and maintained can help to support your fuel saving plan. Even small things, such as under-inflated tires, poor quality oil or corroded battery cables can cause your car to work too hard and end up costing you money.

 

How To Protect Your Car dan Pickup

For nine long months we wait for summer and when finally it is here, it is not always the Summer of our dreams. Long sunny days are a great boon but with Global Warming in full swing, it is just too much of a good thing for our cars and pickup trucks.

Our cars are not just our mode of transportation but also a refuge from the brutal heat when Sun really cranks up its engine. When the car is sitting outside in the sweltering heat the inside temperature keeps rising until it is dangerously hot. The trapped sunlight inside the car can bake the car to 120 degree in 80 degree temperature.

And yes it is true air conditioning breaks more often in Summer just when you need it most. Cars naturally overheat a lot in these months but not just because of the Sun beating down hard. For many it is the radiator that acts up while others suffer when coolant reservoir runs out of antifreeze.

Here are some other tips on keeping your car cool during Summer:

(1) Park in a shady spot and place sunshade

A necessary precaution is the choice of parking spot. Whenever possible, choose a shadier spot to park even if it means walking a few blocks. Your body and your car will thank you when you return to a cooler car. If you cannot find a shady spot then place sunshades in front and rear windows and if the heat is intense then place window visors on the side as well. Crack open the windows slightly to allow cross ventilation.

(2) Install a tint

If you live in a warm country then getting your windows tinted is a great idea. It protects you not only from heat but also from prying eyes. Find out tinting regulations in your country as most countries restrict tinting to a certain percentage. In most countries including the United States the maximum allowed tinting is 30%.

(3) Check and change the coolant

Coolant system is generally the first casualty of the summer so we cannot risk its breakdown due to overheating. Manufacturers recommend that drivers should flush the coolant from the reservoir every two years. Mechanics recommend that antifreeze should be mixed with water half and half. Make sure you check and refurbish the coolant system at the onset of the summer.

(4) Change the oil regularly

Mechanics recommend that oil should be changed every 3000 to 5000 miles. If you are living in a country with dirty fuel, oil and filters should be changed more often. Make it is a habit of checking the oil volume every few weeks. Make sure that the engine has a chance to cool off before you check the oil.

(5) Have A/C serviced regularly

Get your Air Condition serviced before the onset of summer. Most owner’s manual list air condition service schedule and this schedule should be followed.