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Encountering bad roads is part of driving and you should be equipped with the right driving knowledge in order to maneuver safely over these roads and minimize damage to your vehicle.
Today we have 5 driving safety tips to help you navigate these bad roads.
1. Slow down – Driving over bad roads at high speeds puts more strain on your vehicle’s suspension, leading to faster wear and tear damage. This is particularly important for vehicles that do not possess strong suspension systems. Instead, drive slowly and if possible, keep your vehicle in 1st or 2nd gear until you reach better roads.
2. Using the passing lane – Another driving safety tip is to drive on the passing lane instead, until you reach better roads to merge back into your lane.
This is advised to do only if the passing lane has no traffic.
3. Have an emergency kit – Always keep an emergency equipment kit that contains at least a spare tyre, jumper cables, and a tyre jack. Should you encounter mechanical failure while driving on bad roads or as a result of it, you would have everything you need to get your vehicle up and running quickly.
4. Make modifications to your vehicle – If you regularly traverse bad roads, you may benefit from modifying your vehicle to make it better suited. Some modifications you can do are raising your vehicle and installing high-quality shocks to make your ride smoother.
5. Understand your vehicle – Certain models of vehicle can handle the rigors of bad roads better than others. For example, all-wheel drive vehicles, such as Pick-ups, give better traction and control on bad roads by using all four (4) wheels instead of two (2).
This makes them more suitable for bad roads, whereas front-wheel/back-wheel drive vehicles do not offer as much traction and control and therefore require more care when driving.
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