Driving is a serious business; any mistakes could result in serious injury or even death. Good driving is a skill, you learn the first part at driving school and the other part during your driving experience.
your car is in perfect condition before driving, open the bonnet, check the
level of engine oil on dipstick and confirm it is ok, check brake fluid level
and also confirm it is ok, if either engine or brake oil is inadequate, you
must refill before you start or move your car. Open the radiator and fill up
with water if necessary, ensure no leakage of oil under the vehicle, check the
tires, make sure they have adequate pressure and ensure that the nuts are tight.
you should check before driving but not critical, include head lambs, brake
lights traffic turning signals and horn; if any is malfunctioning, it should be
repaired at your earliest convenience. If road safety officials stop your car
and realizes any of these aren’t working, you may be fined
It is a good
practice to put on your seat belt and put your phone on hands free mode before
driving. Don’t drive under the influence or if you are sick.
should be part and parcel of your daily driving habit. Always drive at safe
speeds and distance from the vehicle in front of you, be patient and use your
turning signals when negotiating a turn. Use the rear and side view mirrors to
see what is around you. Anticipate mistakes that co- drivers and pedestrians
can make in advance and take precautionary steps to avoid them.
pedestrians with respect when driving, on a road with high population of
people, drive slowly and use the horn. Remember a hit of your car on a
pedestrian can result in you spending a lot of money on treatment, manslaughter
charges or jail term.
at night, or very dusty or foggy weather always use the headlamps and fog
lights when necessary. To reduce glare when driving at night use the head lamps
at low beam. Use high beam and fog lights during heavy rains.
your car in a way it doesn’t obstruct traffic, don’t park in areas where your
car is in danger of being hit. Engage the hand brakes when parking to prevent
the car from moving. When bringing the car to a stop on a slope; in addition to
engaging the hand brake put the gear in one or reverse or parking gear if your
car uses automatic transmission.
As a driver and/or car owner, you may sometimes find it necessary to go read your car manual to resolve some issue or get some clarification, In the process you may notice some abbreviations used in the car manual that you don’t understand, although the meaning are usually somewhere in the manual, you may not have the patience to search the page. Sometimes it may be an abbreviation flashing up on your dashboard or written somewhere on the body of your car. Here are some commonly used abbreviations in car manuals /dashboards and their meanings.