Brush up on your driving skills
Tipperary motorists are being encouraged to brush up on their driving knowledge to help save some cash.
The holiday car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com have provided drivers with some top tips to improve motoring knowledge as well as help save them money.
Even experienced drivers can sometimes fall into bad habits such as lane hogging or failing to understand the rules around bus and taxi lanes.
But by investing a little time to improve their road knowledge the experts believe any driver can become smarter at handling the roads.
A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “With consistent changes throughout the motoring industry from car technology and road developments, to legal and pricing restructures – it’s important for drivers to stay on top of this.
“Ultimately all motorists want to save money whilst driving but sometimes this has to come from actively improving driving knowledge by being aware of any restrictions such as bus lanes as well as basic car information.”
Here are the tips from StressFreeCarRental.com for becoming a smarter driver.
Be aware of bus lanes
In recent years, the expansion of public transport routes throughout urbanised areas has meant the number of bus lanes has increased. Because of this, bus lanes are now heavily monitored and they can incur heavy fines if you drive through them. To avoid this, if you live in a city location or know you’re going to be driving through one, do some research beforehand and check the best route to avoid landing yourself in hot water.
Occupying one lane for an extended period of time on the motorway is not only a safety hazard but is also a punishable offence too. Drivers should try their best to ensure they stick to lane guidelines as best as possible and be courteous to other drivers and also ensure they avoid any possible fines.
Check the tyres
The tread depth and inflation level of your tyres are not just important for the safety of your car but can also have a huge impact on fuel economy. The legal minimum requirement for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and tyre inflation should correspond to the manufacturers’ guide.
Cautious with premium fuels
Although premium fuel can have its benefits, it’s unlikely drivers will see any major improvements in their fuel economy, unless driving a high-performance vehicle. Standard fuel is the most cost-effective method of filling up and to ensure things are running smoothly, drivers can use a fuel system cleaner every 1,500- 3000 miles, to ensure the system remains healthy.
Advanced driving course
Initially, when passing a driving test for the first time there is an option to improve your ability on the roads with an advanced driving course. Not only will this course help with spotting potential hazards when driving but it can also help to bring down monthly premiums when it comes to insurance policies.
Keep up with checks
Ensuring your vehicle is healthy and running well is crucial to avoid any unwanted costs in the long run. Ignoring any warning signs or broken parts for too long can cause serious long term damage to the car as well as decrease its performance on the road.
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