5) Real Life Driving
undergone some practical driving lessons and now, hopefully understood the
above basics, it should be possible for you to gradually master the 'Art'
of ‘synchronising’ the three pedals, such that the drive is
'smooth' all along.
The true mark of a good driver is :
i) A co-passenger should never feel any jerks/over revving
of the Engine while taking off or shifting gears. This is equally good for
the Car's overall health too.
ii) A co-passenger again should not feel any anxiety at
all the way you maneuver the car in and out of traffic - barring emergencies
iii) Always follow the traffic rules and speed limits -
as they are for your and others' safety only. When in doubt, slow down and
always stick to your lane.
iv) Given our chaotic traffic conditions, always take any
object moving across the road by its 'tail'. In the process, make sure you
don't get on to the wrong side of the road or into the oncoming traffic
- for obvious reasons. If apparent, just slow down and stop if necessary.
v) Lastly, ensure you read AND digest the contents of your
new Car's Owner's Manual from cover to cover, including the various tips
on safe driving. You will get the hang of it all pretty soon, if you go
about it the correct way and in right earnest.
vi) As for a safe perception of your left side, firstly
you have to get the correct 'feel' of the width of your Car. This can come
only with an intelligent application of your visual and 'computing' senses.
Secondly, or it should be the other way round, find yourself the 'correct'
driving position - as described in your Owners Handbook.
vii) It may be interesting to know that >50% of our
Drivers adopt a totally wrong Driving Position and once formed, it's hard
to get rid of. If necessary, use a suitable under-cushion to enable you
as good a view ahead as possible - particularly of the two front ends of
the Car - without the Steering wheel fouling with your midriff.
viii) The correct driving position is the one in which
the human body is most relaxed over long periods of time – like sitting
in an easy-chair – and your hands on the Steering wheel in a ’10-past-10’
Once you learn to relax at the Wheel and are in full control of the Car
all the times – there’s no reason whatsoever not to be - driving
can be a breeze!