An unfamiliar rental car may seem a little overwhelming to drive. It's very easy to get used to one particular vehicle, especially with where the controls are places, how the brakes feel and how the steering wheel behaves. That said, with a situation like the current pandemic, there may be similar events that would create a need to rent a car. It is vital to be prepared such situations and bear a few pointers in mind, so you feel confident when the time arises. Here are a few tips to consider when driving a new car that will help you get familiarized with all the new features.
Be Aware of The Power of The Car
You need to be aware of the fact that cars tend to respond differently based on how much power is consumed. Since you may not be familiar with the power and capabilities of the current car, it is best to be cautious when driving, especially when merging through traffic and taking turns at roundabouts. Make sure to leave enough space while doing so, to prevent any accidents.
Acquaint Yourself with The Car
This is the very first thing to do when you step inside a car. Familiarize yourself with the controls in the car, which includes items such as where the lights are, the windscreen wiper control, and the window keys. It’s also useful to look for the petrol lever and notice which side the gas lid is places, so that you are aware of it beforehand, and also prevent an embarrassing moment at the petrol station. When you are fully prepared it certainly helps in feeling comfortable and driving with confidence.
Car Brakes Differ for Each Car
As industry experts, this is a very important tip that we would like to share. You need to know that every car has a slightly different braking response time, so be sure to take your time to get fully accustomed to it. Ensure to leave plenty of space when slowing down, to guarantee a safe stop.
Adjust the Mirrors Before Moving
It's necessary to adjust the mirrors to your height and level of visibility when entering a new car. Although this may sound obvious, there are a lot of drivers who fail to complete this part. The rear-view mirror should be able to provide you with a clear view of the traffic behind you, without you having to turn your head back manually, which is a very dangerous move, especially while on the road. Apart from the rear-view mirror, you should also adjust the side mirrors in a way that offers you a view of the small strip of the side of your vehicle. It is also important to note that mirror adjustments should only be done when your car is parked safely and not when you are in a usual driving position.