Wednesday, June 19, 2019

First Time On The Road – 6 Mistakes That New Drivers Often Make

First Time On The Road – 6 Mistakes That New Drivers Often Make


Driving isn’t easy to a teenager who has just learned it. It’s different to drive with an instructor in the passenger’s seat who can give you directions when needed. Once you’re on the road by yourself, driving becomes more daunting, especially during those first few times. A newly licensed teenager on the road can encounter a number of road problems that a seasoned driver will find quite easy to solve. But a youngster could be overcome by nervousness or panic, and his inexperience in dealing with urgent situations might push him to commit mistakes that could undermine his safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians too.

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So, what are the most common mistakes that young drivers commit? Here are some examples.

1. Speeding

Some kids will try to test the performance of their vehicles, which can be very dangerous because they are still too inexperienced to correctly assess when they should stop or slow down, depending on how fast they were going. A lot of youngsters do have risky driving behavior, and this can be due to peer pressure or their desire to impress someone. Therefore, parents should educate their children about the dangers of speeding and remind them that about 30% of fatal car crashes each year is due to speeding.

2. Overloading

Carrying too many passengers is very dangerous. Teens, however, have a habit of cramming too many individuals in a compartment that’s meant for just three to four people. An overloaded vehicle is harder to control, and it becomes more prone to tire blow-ups and braking problems.

3. Drunk Driving

Many teenagers today believe that they are invincible, and so they tempt fate by driving drunk or driving while under the influence of illegal substances. It’s important that kids are educated about the dangers of DUIs/DWIs. Not only will they harm themselves, but they could also injure or even kill others. In addition to the guilt of hurting other people, a teen caught drunk driving will face very real punishments, including incarceration. Click here to learn more about the legal ramifications of drunk driving.

4. Driving While Distracted

Today, drivers have too many distractions, from electronic gadgets to common things that they do in their cars instead of at home. For instance, some young females are in the habit of putting on their make up while driving, while males try to shave as they are also manning a vehicle. Texting, calling, emailing, and other activities aside from driving can take a person’s attention away from the road, which is a dangerous thing.

5. Judging Situations Incorrectly

Their inexperience, sometimes coupled with overconfidence, could get teens into serious trouble. They could make judgment calls that are inappropriate for the situation that they’re in. Poor judgment also includes — following another vehicle too closely, engaging in risky behavior, being unable to properly assess road and weather conditions, or using a new or unfamiliar path.

6. Reacting Unsuitably to Emergencies

Nothing is scarier than facing an imminent car collision. Experienced drivers might have a better chance of averting disastrous situations. On the other hand, a young driver will probably panic and forget what he’s supposed to do. Training a teenage driver about what to do in case of an emergency can help him in visualizing what he’s supposed to do during terrifying situations. Parents can also regularly talk to their kids about what they should do in case they find themselves in a dangerous position.

This blog post was contributed by Claire Taylor, a freelance writer who often writes about automobile safety and auto claims. Through her articles, she hopes to provide readers with helpful information.

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Car Maintenance: 10 Common Mistakes Most People Make

Car Maintenance: 10 Common Mistakes Most People Make


Owner abuse and lack of maintenance play major roles in car breakdowns, but good maintenance does help considerably. Remember this simple formula: Good driving + preventive maintenance = dependability. You must be aware that some vehicles will cost more to maintain properly. It is very important that you know up front what it is going to cost to own and maintain the car you are considering buying.

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1.Driving with badly maintained brakes

The most important part of your brake system, in most cases, is the most neglected: the brake fluid. This fluid should be replaced every two years, as it attracts moisture. Most automotive manufacturers do not have a replacement interval for this fluid, which is kind of scary.

Brake pads should be inspected annually for freedom of movement. If the brake pads do not move freely in the brackets, as they are designed to, this can cause your brakes to overheat. This is especially not good if your brake fluid has a high content of moisture in it. When the brake pads are stuck in the brackets, it is like driving around with your foot on the brake pedal. Needless to say, this does not help your fuel mileage at all!

2.Buying cheap tires

The most important thing between you and the road is your tires. Most people, if they are on a budget, will purchase the cheapest tires they can. Sometimes you can luck out and get a set of cheap tires that are actually round! Another common problem with cheap tires is that sometimes the steel belt is not centered perfectly within the tire. This can cause the vehicle to pull to the left or right. Oh sure, you could rotate the tires to the rear and the pulling may go away. However, the pulling will return when you rotate the tires back to the front. The only way to correct this permanently is to replace the defective tire.

3.Ignoring the bad suspension health

You should pay attention to any new noises when driving over bumps. Also, you should take notice of differences in handling characteristics when you are on the road. As you drive your car, no one will know the car like you do; you will know when something does not feel right. You should have your car looked at if something does not feel right with it, even if it just passed state inspection the month before!

4.Not replacing battery on time

A battery that tests good one day could fail the following day, if exposed to excessive heat or cold. Also, a battery that may test good could still be weak. A weak battery will cause your starter to work harder, because the battery does not have the cranking amperage that it once had. Your alternator will also have to work harder to try to replenish or keep the battery charged fully. A weak battery can cause premature failure of your starter, alternator, and other electrical components in your car. If your battery is four to five years old, I recommend that it be replaced to provide you with maximum reliability.

5.Not keeping a watchful eye on engine oil

Oil is as important to your car as blood is to your body. Unfortunately, your car can’t maintain its oil level all alone. By keeping a watchful eye on the level and cleanliness of oil in your engine, you can make sure your car runs healthy and strong for years.

6. Not Protecting The Car Paint

At least twice a year, try to use a high-quality wax on your vehicle to protect the paint. If you have a bird leave a deposit on your car, hose it off as soon as you can. This nasty stuff can burn and bake into your paint, causing permanent damage. After you wax your car and it rains on your car, you will notice that the water beads up nicely and rolls off, but not all of it does. When the sky clears and the sun comes out, these remaining beads of water are heated by the sun, acting like little magnifying glasses. They can burn little water spot circles into your paint. This can also cause permanent damage. Get yourself a drying chamois; you can purchase them at almost any parts store or department store.

7.Driving with low coolant levels

Most coolant reservoirs have a minimum and maximum level. If the reservoir is empty, this may indicate that the engine is burning up the antifreeze. If your coolant reservoir is not getting topped off, when you get your car serviced, an air pocket can form in your engine’s cooling system. When this happens, it does not allow the coolant to flow as it should. Your engine can overheat as a result, causing engine damage.

8.Using deteriorated wiper blades

If you haven’t devoted much time or energy to car maintenance, chances are you have a streaky windshield. This is usually caused by deterioration of the wiper blades due to aging and the environment. If the wipers are really damaged, metal might be scraping your windshield, in which case you should not use the wipers until you have replaced the blades. If you see your blades need changing, you should take care of it right away.

9.Using bad fuses

Every car has fuses installed in its electrical system in order to protect components from an over-current situation that could cause damage or electrical fires. A fuse’s job is to fail if too much current goes through the line for any reason. Once the fuse fails, electricity cannot get to the components in the line that are past the fuse. This ensures that having too much current on a line will only blow a fuse that costs a few cents instead of your pricey stereo system or electronic gauges. It also prevents your systems from drawing too much current and overheating, which could result in melted wires or a fire.

10.Driving with a bad axle

Next, you should drive the vehicle to a big paved parking lot that is fairly empty. Come to a complete stop and turn the steering wheel all the way to the right until the steering wheel stops. Now accelerate the vehicle and drive it in a complete circle and come to a stop. Now do the same thing, but steer the car to the left in a complete circle and come to a stop. When doing this, if you notice a loud clicking noise from the front end, it indicates that the vehicle has bad axles or bad constant velocity joints. All vehicles today with front-wheel drive have constant velocity joints, usually called CV joints for short.

Nothing lasts forever, but by following the advice given in this article, you can have your vehicle last as long as possible, while staying dependable.

Domenic is a passionate blogger and works as a distributor of Caterpillar parts in Australia.

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Easy Fixes to Common Beauty Mistakes

Easy Fixes to Common Beauty Mistakes


We all try to take the best care of our hair, skin and nails; but sometimes we can actually be causing more damage than good without realising it. Here we highlight some of the most common beauty mistakes and how to avoid them, by amending our bad habits.

Do You Wash Your Hair Too Often?

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Many people wash their hair on a daily basis, which is fine if you use a regular shampoo and conditioner and if you have fine hair. But if you have coarse hair you can be doing more damage than good because too much washing will wash away all the essential oils that naturally exist in your hair, potentially leaving it dull. Try using a moisturizing shampoo and wash every second day and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Conditioning Your Hair

We all want healthy hair, and as a result most of us use conditioner after we have shampooed. However we tend to use conditioner in the same way in which we use shampoo, which, ironically, is more detrimental to our hair. Our roots are the healthiest part of our hair; it’s the ends we should be concentrating on. Gently massage your conditioner into the tips of your hair, avoiding your scalp. This will ensure your hair stays grease free for longer.

Tooth Care

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The first mistake many of us make when we are brushing our teeth is to do it in a hurry. Ideally we should all be brushing our teeth for at least two minutes each time to ensure you tackle all the plaque build-up. You need to use circular movements and not side to side motions, which can damage your teeth by scrubbing away your teeth’s natural protection, enamel. It’s important not to brush too hard, especially after you’ve consumed something citrusy. For example don’t brush your teeth right after breakfast if you’ve had a glass of orange juice, as your enamel will be weaker, and more likely to be brushed away.

Is Your Face Dry?

Do you moisturize daily and find your face is still dry? Often, when your face is dry, oils build up in your T zone in an attempt to compensate for the dryness. A great way to combat this is to exfoliate before applying you moisturizer. This empties your pores of dirt and opens them up to absorb the moisturizer, leaving you with softer and more hydrated skin.

Perfume Blunders

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Many of us spritz our perfume after we’ve dressed, meaning most of it absorbs into our clothes. Perfume is designed for skin, and can in fact smell very different when applied to clothes, rather than skin. The best areas to concentrate your perfume are behind your knees, wrists, the base of your throat, and a small dab behind your earlobes.

Sun Cream Application

Sun cream is essential for reducing the effects of sun exposure, and ideally should be worn on a daily basis, which is not too hard a task considering many moisturizers come with some degree SPF. However the mistake most of make is applying it before our makeup. Concealer and foundation can actually counteract the effects of sun cream, leaving your skin vulnerable to sun exposure. Ideally you should apply sun cream over your makeup, using a non-greasy spray bottle, to avoid loosening your makeup.

Eyebrow Plucking

The biggest beauty mistake you can make when plucking your eyebrows is doing it in a darkened room and standing too close to the mirror. Many of us stand too close to the mirror to ensure that we don’t miss any hairs, but the mistake with this is that we end up concentrating on individual hairs rather than the overall shape of our eyebrow.

Don’t Shake Your Nail Polish

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Most nail polish bottles encourage you to shake them before use, but this can often create air bubbles in the polish, which can detract from the overall finish of your painted nails. Instead of shaking, try rolling the bottle gently between your hands. This mixes the polish and warms it up to ensure quick and easy application and a smooth finish.

Katherine Shedden writes with SpaceNK. She loves sharing reviews, tips and general beauty gossip.

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