This is an effort to make people understand the art of driving and how to avoid and escape mistakes by both you and others…The first few things are something you need to know about the vehicle you are going to be driving…
1. How big is the car? Volume sense is very very important than most of you think..It can play a vital role in helping you get out of a tight spot.
2. Does you car have anti-lock brakes? If you do then make sure you know how the braking feels when those things kick in..A lot of people think those are like stronger brakes that help you stop faster…but the truth is, its just a pumping action put into the existing brakes…so you will probably come to a jerking stop..hard to explain but try it out on a wet road…you should be fine..
3. Do you have traction? If you do then always turn it on, default is on in most of the cars i know.
4. Do you know your car's drive wheel? Is it rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive..The car's handling depends a lot on this…it basically means which of your wheels are powered and which one just rotates…
5. Always adjust your seat, steering wheel or rear-view mirrors before you actually start driving and wear your seat belt at all times.
6. Make sure your third braking light is should be able to see the refelction on your rear-view mirror. This avoids people from hitting from the rear and they know that you are braking.

Now that you know something about the car, its time to look at things you have to keep in mind while driving.

1. Do you know what your car can offer? Make sure you know how your car reacts at high speeds, how it handles sharp turns, hard braking, how it drives when roads are wet, etc…this will help you make the all important decision when its called for as you will know how the car will react when you ask it to do something…
2. Do you know what a panic stop is? Thats something most of them do when they panic..slam on their brakes…If you are one of them then you have a lot of work to with your driving…That is the last thing you should be doing…the reason being you lock all four wheels and losing your steering control and in most situations you can steer around the obstacle.
3.Learn to see things in slow motion..Always expect anything…watch the potential situation unfold and react to it as it happens and never panic till you are out of it…..
4. Always visualize various possibilities that can unfold while driving…saying that, here are few examples…
-If that car at the stop sign suddenly pulls out into your path
-If the car in front of you suddenly stops
-If the door opens on that parked car you are approaching
-If you see a car coming at you in your lane on a two lane country road
5. Always keep track of things behind you…It helps you plan your braking or helps you make decisions better as you have rough idea of who is behind you… The last thing you want is you escaping the obstacle in front of you but someone hitting you from the rear…Once you get used to this…trust me you will be able to tell if the person behind you is a good driver or not…

Now lets go to do's and dont's when driving on specific weather conditions….

When raining:
– Make sure you know what hydroplaning is…I will be posting a seperate note on that.
– Change lanes only if required and better to drive on the middle lane.
– No harm in pulling over if you arent sure of the lanes ahead.
– Drive on the tracks left by the vehicle in front.
– Never follow too close & remember ur car takes longer to stop on wet conditions.
– Avoid using brakes; if possible take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
– Always drive with your headlights on.
– Never drive through moving water if you cant see the ground.
– Expect unexpected glares from the vehicles on the opposite direction.

When snowing:
– Always expect a layer of ice on road patches, bridges or shady areas.
– Know your suited speed for the condition…Its never the same..
– Stay on well-travelled roads & maintain safe distance from the vehicle in front.
– If you are driving a rear-wheel drive car, put some sand bags over the rear wheels inside you trunk…this helps avoiding the wheel spin..but make sure you dont put too much weight and it helps only if the rear wheels experience the weight.
– If the car starts to skid, take your foot off the gas but don't hit the brake. Steer gently in the direction the car should go. As the car straightens, traction and control will be regained.
– Remember brakes can be your worst enemy in snow…so use them carefully.
– Turns need to be as smooth as possible.
– Keep the gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water condensation in the tank.

I hope this helps you guys & gals a little in driving safe…Like I always say, driving is an art and not everybody is a master..but we can all try….