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Teenage Desire: Be Prepared For Everything

A driving license is so much more than an ID card you can keep your wallet. It is freedom, it is spontaneity and it is independence. But it is also responsibility, and that is because driving comes with host of scenarios you need to be prepared for a myriad of possible problems that will need solving. It isn’t just a matter of putting fuel into the car and driving wherever you want without a care in the world, because the world is made up of situations that require an understanding, and that is what we aim to do here; address some of those scenarios so that you know what to expect and how to react.

The Dreaded Flat Tyre

The important thing here is to not panic, stay in control of the car and pull onto the side of the road as soon as you can. It could be that your flat tyre turns into a blowout, which will cause a certain and hard tug on the wheel, so be prepared for it and react as best as you can. Once you are safely on the side of the road, call roadside assistance and wait for them to come. They will be able to tell you if it is just a flat tyre or if any other harm has been done. If you are confident no damage was caused bar the tyre deflating, make sure you are well out of the way of any traffic, remove your spare tyre and change it yourself. When you get underway, take it steady and try out your brakes.

The Rain and the Snow

This is typically covered when you’re learning, but if you want to make sure then click here for learners advice. The golden rule, however, is space and time, and more specifically the amount of space you leave between you and the car in front. The reason for this is, the more rain or snow the less traction you have when it comes to stopping, so increase your distance. It is also worth knowing how to handle a car in a skid, and how to decrease your chances of skidding, such as breaking on the straight section of road and not on the corner.

The Check Engine Light

If it is just a light that appears on the dashboard, then take your car to a registered mechanics, or dealer, and let them perform the correct diagnostics on your car. If the light is accompanied by other problematics signals, such as noise from the engine, smoke, smells, anything like that, then pull over and call for roadside assistance. It is always better to be safe in these situations.

The DUI

Never drive a car if you have had a drink and never get in a car with someone who has had a drink. Any alternative you have is better. It may be that it was just one drink, it doesn’t matter. Alcohol affects your brain in less than 5 seconds. As such, avoid any DUI situation by either calling a cab, taking a bus or phoning a family member.

The Mechanic Quote

The internet offers a free education on such a wide range of topics, and what sort of quote you can get is no exception. The reason this is a handy tool is because most people haven’t got the faintest idea of what a car repair should cost, which means your mechanic can charge you through the roof without you even knowing it. Once this is done, stay online and have a look at garages in your area and approach those with good customer ratings. Another little trick you can use is to call ahead, explain the problem and ask for a quote, and then tell them that you’re speaking to other mechanics too. This will usually see them drop their price. The rest is just going to be a matter of following your gut feeling about who seemed the most trustworthy.

The Accident

It’s one of the worst scenarios imaginable. So the first thing you need to do is call the emergency services. Make sure no one was injured. If they were, relay this to the emergency services. Once this is done, put on your hazard lights and assess the damage. If your car can be moved, then move it out of the way of traffic. You will then have to exchange security information with the other drivers involved, and remember to keep all conversing to the point. Don’t blame anyone, don’t discuss the accident and don’t show your emotion.

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