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Long Distance Driving Tips

Updated on April 11, 2013
Road safety, long distance driving tips
Road safety, long distance driving tips

Perfect Shape of Vehicle and Driver

First and foremost, what you have to do is to perform a thorough check of your vehicle condition. Of course, before that, you will have to check your own health condition as well. If either you or your vehicle is not in really good shape for a long distance journey, you had better not insist on carrying on your journey.

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Yet, if everything is fine, the next thing that you have to do is to try and find a seating position you are comfortable with the most. Make sure that you put both your thumbs circling around your car steering wheel, in a way that you can turn it more easily. A rule of thumb is not to put your thumbs in a vertical position.

Watch your side mirror and its blind spot
Watch your side mirror and its blind spot

How Is the Condition Around You?

The next important thing is to keep an eye on the situation around your vehicle. This is especially important when you need to reduce the speed of your car, for example, or to switch from one lane to the other. It is recommended that you keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you. This way, just in case something happens, you may still have enough time to brake your car.

Suggested steering wheel finger position
Suggested steering wheel finger position

Safety First Before You Take Action

While switching lane, it is crucial that you always check your side mirrors and never forget to activate your turn indicators in accordance with the direction you are turning to. Keep in mind that your side mirrors may have a blind spot so you will have to be careful with it.

The next driving tip is particularly important while taking corners. While you are turning your car at a corner, make sure that you turn the steering wheel of your car in compliance with its release and pull system. This is particularly useful when you have to perform a counter steering all of a sudden.

Car Characteristics Matter

How your car reacts to the different road conditions is also a crucial thing to keep an eye on. For your information, different cars with similar engines can react differently. By paying attention to your car characteristics, you will be better able to drive more pleasantly even in a long journey.

Get Some Rest!

Last but not least, when you think you are feeling tired, or worse sleepy, you should avoid driving any longer at all costs. Not only does this pose a risk of danger towards yourself, it may also endanger other people around you. So, the thing you have to do in this case is find an area where you may be able to take a rest, even if it is just a brief rest, and you need to find it as soon as you can.


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