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Driving Dilemmas: Five Issues For New Drivers to Overcome

Driving Dilemmas: Five Issues For New Drivers to Overcome

There’s nothing quite like driving to give you true independence. You can go where you want, when you want. There’s no waiting around on unreliable public transport or friends and family to give you lifts. No need to walk for miles in the rain in bad weather, you can hop into your car and everything is much quicker and more convenient. But there are some challenges to being a driver too, here are five issues most new drivers will need to overcome at some time or another.

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Costs

The biggest issue that most new drivers will overcome is the cost. We’re all told how driving isn’t cheap, but it’s not until you come to get on the road yourself that you realise how true that is. You have to buy a vehicle, insure it, tax it and have it MOTed and serviced each year. You have to replace parts when they go wrong, and pay for fuel. Even smaller costs such as car washes can add up and aren’t something you initially include in your budget. The best thing you can do when you’re still taking your lessons is save up. Have some money in the bank to cover these costs, it will be much easier to get onto the roads after passing if you do.

Fear

You might feel confident driving with your instructor on lessons, but once you pass you’re on your own. You come up against situations you’ve never seen before, and it can really be quite scary. Start small and build up your confidence. Drive with an experienced driver in the passenger seat who can give you help if needed. Drive around places that are quieter at less  busy times of day and then work your way up from there.

Car maintenance and checks

You’ll have been given some general advice about how to maintain and check your car when you learned to drive. This includes checking lights, fluids and tyres. Make it a habit to do these checks and keep your car in the best condition possible. Find out things like the tyre pressure from your car’s handbook so when it comes to filling the tyres it’s quick and easy. Even putting in fuel can be diffficult at first if it’s something you’ve never done, but know that you will adapt.

Breaking down

Breaking down is scary for anyone, especially if it’s the first time it’s happened to you. If you’re able to, move your car to the side of the road. Put on your hazard lights, and place a warning triangle at least forty five meters away from your vehicle (don’t use warning triangles on motorways). Get out of your car and get to a safe place out of the road, and then call your breakdown company. If you’ve broken down in a dangerous place that’s obstructing traffic, you will need to call the police first.

Accidents

Accidents can be really scary. In an accident, you need to keep as calm as possible and make sure you’re getting all of the relevant information from the other driver- their name, telephone number and insurance details. Take pictures, and see if there’s any CCTV around which you might need to use at a later date. If the accident wasn’t your fault and you were injured, get legal advice from Hupy and Abraham as you may be entitled to compensation. If you believe the driver was acting dangerously or could have been intoxicated, call the police at the scene.

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5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E., Editor at highstylelife.com

5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Road trips are an increasingly popular form of vacation gaining traction across the globe. In countries like Australia, the horizon of possibilities stretches far beyond what you can even imagine. Coastal trips are becoming more and more popular, attracting families, friend posies, and solo travelers. However, there are some things you might want to do before you hop in your car. Heading out in the open road unprepared is not the wisest move. You need to ensure your car is ready to endure all the trials and tribulations ahead.

Maintenance tasks

On the surface, your vehicle might appear to be fine, but do not take any chances. Carry out thorough maintenance beforehand and see to it that there are no safety concerns. Tightly secure hoses and belts. Make certain there are no cracks in the windshield. Perform a simple voltage test to check whether your battery is fit for a challenge. Scorching temperatures in the Australian outback can really build up under the hood. This is more than a minor inconvenience as it can really drain your car’s battery, especially if it is an aged one. You certainly do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mechanical checkup

From a mechanical standpoint, everything should work like clockwork. Breaks are a key safety component, so measure their pads and audit brake fluid level. Furthermore, inspect the filter, which constantly supplies your engine with air. While at it, look at the lights, including headlights, brake and hazard lights, blinkers, and interior lights. This prevents your visibility from being impaired on the road. Of course, should you encounter difficulties, you can call professionals to inspect the vehicle.  I hired a mobile mechanic from the Gold Coast and hit the road fully confident.

All fluids go

Cars need their fluids just like our bodies need them. Therefore, auditing their level is always high on the checklist. Those who are going on a longer road trip need to top up windshield washer, transmission, and wiper fluids. Do not overlook radiator coolant or power steering fluid either. As for antifreeze/engine coolant, it is also vital, even more so for colder destinations. Namely, chilly weather could freeze fluids in your car and lead to serious setbacks and costly repairs. Finally, see if it is time to do an oil change. We cannot stress enough the importance of having enough juice at all times.

Tire pressure and condition

Tires take the heaviest beating and they must be in tiptop shape. So, check if your tire pressure is on the level prescribed in the owner’s manual. Next, assess their condition: there should be no bulges in the sidewall. In case your tires are more than two years old, then it is recommended to examine the tread depth. Do a penny test to see how it holds up. Hold a Lincoln penny and place it head-down in one of the grooves of the tire surface. If the tread does not obscure all of Lincoln’s head on the coin, your tire is good to go.

 

Stay fresh and clean

It is also a good idea to give your car a good scrub and wipe. After all, cleaning the inside and out will ensure you have the most pleasant road experience. A good place to start is decluttering. Get all the unnecessary items out of the vehicle and make room for those you are going to need once you set off (such as an emergency kit with road flares, jumper cables, etc.). See to it there is no garbage or food residue anywhere. Vacuum the floor, clean the windows, and dust all interior surfaces. Add an air freshener to do away with bad smells.

Smooth sailing

To stay on the safe side, you should schedule an extensive checkup and maintenance.  This is an essential part of trip planning and preparation. In other words, get a closer look at what is happening under the hood. Pay close attention to things like tire pressure and fluid level. Be ready for whatever comes your way and see to it that your vehicle runs like clockwork — both you and your four-wheeled friend must be up to a task. Doing due diligence will give you peace of mind and minimize risks, even when wandering off the beating track.

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