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5 Safe Driving Practices


By PPSL / Cars / Jun 29, 2016

PPSL BMW Car Tips - Safe Driving Practices

Has it been a very long time since you’ve passed your driving test? For many drivers, those theory tests and practical lessons have become a distant memory. While your confidence in driving might have grown with experience on the road, you might have forgotten a little bit of what you’ve learnt to pass that driving test. Therefore, we’ve picked some basic yet important pointers for a quick refresher.
 

1. When you know you shouldn’t park here.

You should never stop your car whenever you see Double Yellow Zig-Zag lines by the side of the road, not even for a little while (for picking up or alighting purposes). Hence, you could imagine it as a set of sharp teeth waiting to chew off some of your driver’s points. In contrast, a Single Yellow Zig-Zag line or Double Yellow Straight lines means that you could pick up and alight passengers quickly. Still, no parking by the side of the road is permitted. Finally, if you see a Single Yellow Straight line you should avoid road-side parking between 7am and 7pm (except on Sunday and Public Holidays).

No Parking at Double Yellow Zig Zag Lines
No Parking at Yellow Zig Zag Line
No Parking at Double Yellow Zig Zag Lines
No Parking at Yellow Line

 

2. When you need to prevent your vehicle from skating.

The correct term to describe a vehicle gliding across the wet and slippery road during rainy days is called aquaplaning. This scenario is likely to occur when you’re travelling at a faster speed in a wet weather condition. Your first preventive measure should be to refrain from driving too quickly when the road is wet. Next, when you’re coming to a stop or when your vehicle is in a stationary position, you should step on the brakes multiple times. This would dry the brakes, making them feel more effective.
 

3. When you know you’re driving too closely.

When driving, it is crucial to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of yours so  you’d have time to react to sudden stops. You can do so by implementing the Two Second Rule; keeping a space far enough for you to finish counting “one-thousand-and-one, one-thousand-and-two” before the front of your vehicle kisses the back of the vehicle ahead. Naturally, this space would widen the faster you travel but how the Two Second Rule works will remain unchanged. This distance should be increased during bad weather or when the vehicle ahead is a light or heavy goods vehicle.

two second rule while driving

 

4. When you know you shouldn’t be driving.

Drivers in Singapore are becoming more responsible as the number of drink-driving cases are declining. It seems that drivers have a greater awareness about drink-driving as well as stricter governance from our Traffic Police. That said, we should continue to uphold this progress by not driving to drink and opt for drive-home services instead.

Also, drivers should gauge their physical condition. If one is feeling unwell or too exhausted to drive, he or she should not be driving. This is because your ability to react to sudden changes on the road could deteriorate. 

 

5. When you know you shouldn’t be doing this.

Here are two of the most common mistakes which drivers tend to overlook. Firstly, we should not be using our mobile phones, with your hand(s), when the vehicle is in motion. Hence, ensure that you use headphones or Bluetooth devices if your car does not provide wireless in-car Bluetooth speakers.

Next, the importance of putting on seat-belts cannot be stressed enough. For kids below 1.35m, they need to be sitting on a booster seat cushion with adjustable seat belts. Moreover, be reminded not to recline your seat when the vehicle is moving, as the seat belt would be ineffective during a collision. 

do not use your phone while driving

We hope that this post has helped to refresh your memory on where not to park, how to keep a safe distance, how to prevent aquaplaning, when not to drive and what you shouldn’t do while driving.

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5 Safe Driving Practices


By PPSL / Cars / Jun 29, 2016


Has it been a very long time since you’ve passed your driving test? For many drivers, those theory tests and practical lessons have become a distant memory. While your confidence in driving might have grown with experience on the road, you might have forgotten a little bit of what you’ve learnt to pass that driving test. Therefore, we’ve picked some basic yet important pointers for a quick refresher.
 

1. When you know you shouldn’t park here.

You should never stop your car whenever you see Double Yellow Zig-Zag lines by the side of the road, not even for a little while (for picking up or alighting purposes). Hence, you could imagine it as a set of sharp teeth waiting to chew off some of your driver’s points. In contrast, a Single Yellow Zig-Zag line or Double Yellow Straight lines means that you could pick up and alight passengers quickly. Still, no parking by the side of the road is permitted. Finally, if you see a Single Yellow Straight line you should avoid road-side parking between 7am and 7pm (except on Sunday and Public Holidays).

No Parking at Double Yellow Zig Zag Lines
No Parking at Yellow Zig Zag Line
No Parking at Double Yellow Zig Zag Lines
No Parking at Yellow Line

 

2. When you need to prevent your vehicle from skating.

The correct term to describe a vehicle gliding across the wet and slippery road during rainy days is called aquaplaning. This scenario is likely to occur when you’re travelling at a faster speed in a wet weather condition. Your first preventive measure should be to refrain from driving too quickly when the road is wet. Next, when you’re coming to a stop or when your vehicle is in a stationary position, you should step on the brakes multiple times. This would dry the brakes, making them feel more effective.
 

3. When you know you’re driving too closely.

When driving, it is crucial to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of yours so  you’d have time to react to sudden stops. You can do so by implementing the Two Second Rule; keeping a space far enough for you to finish counting “one-thousand-and-one, one-thousand-and-two” before the front of your vehicle kisses the back of the vehicle ahead. Naturally, this space would widen the faster you travel but how the Two Second Rule works will remain unchanged. This distance should be increased during bad weather or when the vehicle ahead is a light or heavy goods vehicle.

two second rule while driving

 

4. When you know you shouldn’t be driving.

Drivers in Singapore are becoming more responsible as the number of drink-driving cases are declining. It seems that drivers have a greater awareness about drink-driving as well as stricter governance from our Traffic Police. That said, we should continue to uphold this progress by not driving to drink and opt for drive-home services instead.

Also, drivers should gauge their physical condition. If one is feeling unwell or too exhausted to drive, he or she should not be driving. This is because your ability to react to sudden changes on the road could deteriorate. 

 

5. When you know you shouldn’t be doing this.

Here are two of the most common mistakes which drivers tend to overlook. Firstly, we should not be using our mobile phones, with your hand(s), when the vehicle is in motion. Hence, ensure that you use headphones or Bluetooth devices if your car does not provide wireless in-car Bluetooth speakers.

Next, the importance of putting on seat-belts cannot be stressed enough. For kids below 1.35m, they need to be sitting on a booster seat cushion with adjustable seat belts. Moreover, be reminded not to recline your seat when the vehicle is moving, as the seat belt would be ineffective during a collision. 

do not use your phone while driving

We hope that this post has helped to refresh your memory on where not to park, how to keep a safe distance, how to prevent aquaplaning, when not to drive and what you shouldn’t do while driving.

Thank You For Reading!

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