How important do you think it is to adjust your seat and the controls in your car to suit your height and build?
The answer is very important! It doesn’t just help with your comfort level but it also reduces fatigue, improves your control, and allows the safety features of your car to do their thing.
Wear your seatbelt low, flat and firm.
- Low – When you connect your seat belt, make sure it is under your waist, this is to make sure your body weight is fully secure
- Flat – The belt must be kept flat and there shouldn't be any twists, turns or folds
- Firm – Every now and then, pull your seat belt so it removes any slack.
Airbags can be life savers, however, by not adjusting your seat and steering wheel to suit your body, the airbag will become a lot less effective if you are involved in a crash.
To get the most benefit from the driver’s airbag, the steering wheel should be adjusted to face the driver’s chest rather than face.
Braking hard and fast can cause skidding and a loss of control, especially on gravel or wet roads. A two stage process should be used when you brake:
- First put some light pressure on the brake
- Then progressively increase pressure to bring your vehicle to a stop.
Below are some handy techniques to help you better control your car when driving
- Make sure you steer the car smoothly and, try to avoid sudden movements
- Slow down before turning and wait until your car starts to straighten before accelerating
- When steering, keep both hands on the outside of the steering wheel, and place your thumbs along the seam of the wheel.