Preventive driving or how to know how to react in time to the wheel

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Knowing the vehicle, its reactions, knowing how to avoid an obstacle in the road can reduce up to 20% the chances of having a traffic accident. At the wheel it is very important in a short time to know how to make a decision that may or may not save lives.

Preventive driving is the answer to these situations. It can be practiced effectively with the experience of years or kilometers behind the wheele or by going to one of the numerous driving improvement schools that exist in the country. A highly recommended experience, not only for the safety it provides, but for the fun of spending time driving to the limit and learning how to avoid a loss. And they are relatively cheap.

In any case, the first thing is to know how our vehicle behaves before a emergency brakinga, dry, wet, ice or snow. How it reacts to a loss of traction or loss of grip or simply to a strong flywheel.

Known these extremes – which should be tested only in a place without traffic or closed to traffic, something very difficult to find -, experts advise practice defensive or preventive driving. This is nothing more and less than anticipating to avoid risks. For example, a ball that crosses the road, a door that opens, or a car that has invaded our lane.

For this, it is always necessary to respect the safety distance With the vehicle in front and adapting the speed to the conditions of the road and the weather, many accidents occur due to driving at an inappropriate speed, which most of the time is less than the maximum allowed. This is due to the fact that it is not the same to circulate on a dry section as for it under a heavy downpour or with a cross wind.

Some tricks

– Steering wheel and the correct position of the hands -At ten minutes to ten- will avoid many scares. By giving continuous flywheels, the inertia in the rear of the vehicle is unbalanced, increasing the risk of spinning or leaving the road with overturning. Solution: To balance this inertia, when making a zig-zag you have to straighten the steering for a few seconds, so that the weights that drag the rear of the vehicle to the outside are canceled.

– When the car starts a spinning top in a curve. Solution: Take your foot off the gas, never apply the brake, and turn the wheels in the direction the vehicle is sliding. All this without taking your eyes off where we want to direct the car, not the direction in which it slides.

Obstacle by surprise on the path. Solution: Emergency braking and dodging. When finding an obstacle stopped on the road, you must vigorously apply the brake and take the wheel decisively. At the same time, it is necessary to find a path that avoids impact. For this you must take into account the volantazo and the chances that the car tends to crash.

But this preventive driving does not only talk about the behavior and knowledge of the driver. It is also necessary that the vehicle is prepared for this contingency. Here they come into play from tires in good condition, to a perfectly functioning braking and lighting system to cleaning the windows.

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