One of the most frustrating feelings in the world is buying a beautiful new car that glistens in the light and purrs like a pussy cat, getting in while swelling with joy to drive it out of the show room, and then scraping it down the side of the gate when you leave. Or even if the damage doesn’t happen immediately it can be similarly annoying to find yourself bumping your car just a few days or weeks after you’ve bought it. In fact we never tend to be particularly overjoyed when we scrape our car, and in any instance the way it takes the sheen off of our pride and joy and the way in which it could usually have been easily avoided makes it a nagging frustration for days.
The problem is that we get complacent and that we get distracted, and as much as we might be safe drivers who pay close attention to the road we all have lapses where we forget to check a blind spot in lazy/impatient moments.
But if it’s such an everyday danger and an unconscious relaxation that causes the problem, how can you avoid it happening? Here we will look at a few ways you can reduce your chance of scrapes and bangs.
Firstly it’s important to bear in mind that we will increase our chances of having an accident if we leave late and end up rushing. When we rush we of course don’t take the same care and we have less time to react to problems as they emerge. Leave earlier and try to be it a little more relaxed.
This means avoiding chatting on the phone when you’re driving, or doing anything else that distracts your attention from the road. I pranged my old car a few years back coming up my driveway because I waved at my neighbour – concentrate on one thing at a time , particularly when you’re doing tricky manoeuvres.
Be Safe Rather than Sorry
I used to have an incredibly narrow passageway to drive through on the way to my garage which literally was not much wider than my car itself. I managed to get away without ever having an accident, principally because I always tried to be safe rather than sorry. If I was ever unsure about the angle I was coming in at then rather than risk it I would stop, reverse, and try again.
Of course visibility is highly important to avoid accidents and scratches, so make sure that you aren’t contending with condensation, spatterings of dirt, or chipped windshields. At the same time, consider extending your side mirrors so that you can see your blindspots.
Reverse sensors are very useful for avoiding small accidents, but you can also make your own kinds of sensors and indicators. I knew someone for instance who hung a teddy bear just in front of the end of their garage – and so they always knew when they’d reversed far enough because the soft toy would hit the back windshield.
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