Category Archives: Driving

Parallel Parking

Parallel parking can be scary but you may really struggle to park anywhere if you’re unable to parallel park because it’s a common way of parking on busy streets.

The first way to practice parallel waking is in an empty spot, but this we mean a parking space that’s not enclosed by two vehicles at either side, and by practicing parallel parking with no car behind you, you’re able to perfect your technique.

Get a good idea of the dimensions of your car before you start parallel parking, and try to create your own system for success. One way it to line your back up with the car you want to slot in behind then turn the wheel slightly so you create an inward angel, and turn the wheel full lock when you’re nose will not touch the car in front, you then start to take the lock off when you’re close to the curb and full lock the other way before straightening up.

How to Handle a Tyre Blowout Whilst Driving

Luckily, a tyre blowout is a relatively infrequent occurrence. Car and tyre technologies are improving all the time, resulting in better safety and durability. However, if a tyre does burst while you’re driving, there are some safety steps which you can follow to ensure the damage is minimal.

  1. Don’t slam on the brakes. This will be your initial instinct, but it’s important that you don’t follow it because braking hard will make the vehicle swerve and you’re much more likely to lose control.
  2. Release the accelerator slowly. You don’t want to be making any sudden moves which might spin the car out of control. If you feel like the car is being dragged to one side, you can actually accelerate a little more initially to ‘drive through’ the force.
  3. Steer slowly and carefully. Don’t try to turn off the road suddenly – you can easily lose control doing this.
  4. Most importantly, stay as calm as possible. It’s a scary situation, but if you react with panic and try to do anything too quickly, the car is likely to veer off track. Look well ahead, think about where you ultimately want to direct the car to, and make your way there by letting the car slow down naturally and using steady steering.

Driving a Car the ‘Green Way’

Many drivers are going green, buying electric or hybrid vehicles, but even if you have an inefficient petrol or diesel car, you can reduce the amount of pollution coming out of your exhaust.

First things first, you’ll need to change your driving style. Go easy on the gas pedal, don’t brake too much and always try to keep the car rolling, rather than stop and start driving. Next up, make sure your car is in tune. Check tyre pressure to make sure it’s correct, check water and oil levels to keep you engine in tip top condition and make sure there are no leaks.

You can also ‘go green’ by driving less often. This one requires more commitment, but if you bike to work, or walk to your nearest train or bus station, you’ll be helping the environment. There’s no doubt that the best way to go green is by driving less, unless of course you have an electric car.

Evasive Driving Training

There are lots of driving courses you can go on to supplement the basic training you get in order to gain your driver’s license. You can try out a course designed for the police, with tactical pursuit and containment driving training, or you can go for an opposite course, with evasive driving training. Both have their own real world applications. For the most part, the latter has more applications for people outside of the police. Ignoring the potential for nefarious gains from you can get for the techniques associated with evasive driving, you can actually place it on your CV, and get a significant benefit with, for instance, personal security jobs. Often times, when you work as a body guard, or in the personal security industry, being able to drive and avoid criminals, and, as is more likely (when driving celebrities), avoiding paparazzi, can make your CV appear to be far more competitive. Besides all of this, the training courses which offer this training are designed to be fun, and you will certainly finish the course feeling like a more accomplished driver.

Tactical Pursuit and Containment Driving Training

There are lots of ways in which you can acquire additional driving expertise. You can take a course in learning how to drive like a race driver, and also a TPAC course, which is the type of training that police officers go through in order to pursue people in a car chase. Not only is the course fun, and offering great experiences, depending upon your profession, it can also offer a lot of value to your resume, and does count as a qualification. A great example of where this is the case is in the security industry, or in the personal driving profession. In both instances, you may find yourself in a tricky situation where pursuing, or avoiding a pursuer is your best option; in which case this training course will be immensely useful. There are great opportunities to be had by signing up for additional driving training, and the experience you can gain from them may help you in ways that would surprise you.