Communicating with your Car

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If you’ve lived in the Philippines your entire life, there’s more than one way you can describe the traffic condition here. No doubt, they wouldn’t be positive words. Drive along any major or minor highway, and you’ll get firsthand experience of the worst drivers and pedestrians ever. Even if the major accident rate in one particular highway (South Luzon Expressway or SLEx) has gone down by 47% this year, there are still other methods drivers can use to bring that figure even lower.

The car you drive is not only a means of transportation, but a tool for communication as well. Similar to a cellphone, you can convey to other drivers and pedestrians your intentions on the road. These tips will result in proper road etiquette, lesser vehicular accidents, reducd visits to your trusted car parts supplier and ensure everyone’s safety on the road.

#1: Honk your horn      

How many times have you experienced a wandering pedestrian, an inattentive motorist, biker, or stray animal within proximity of your car? That’s usually a recipe for disaster right there, especially when they abruptly approach your direction. Sounding off short beeps of your car horn alerts them to your presence. It also politely says, “Please avoid getting in my way, unless you want to become road kill.”

If you’re on a highway, this also announces to surrounding cars that you’re behind them if you plan on overtaking them or stating quite plainly, “I’m here.

#2: Blink your high beam lamps

This tip is particularly useful at night. For the purpose of extra visibility, blinking your high beam lights is quite effective. This is usually done to signal another motorist that he/she is going to cut, overtake, or accelerate.

This also works as a nifty replacement for your car horn during the daytime, if it’s busted.

Car Turn Signal

#3: Use your signals

You have two of them in your car: the signal lights and the hazard flasher. If you’re looking from the back of a car, the signal lights are the yellow blinking lights on either the extreme left or right on the automobile’s rear end. The lever used to activate them is located to the left of the steering wheel. Push it up to signal ‘right’ and push it down to signal ‘left’.

Here’s a funny logic trick with signal lights: Signal opposite the way you’re turning to. So, if you’re turning left, signal right. If you’re turning right, signal left. Why? Signaling in the opposite direction you’re driving towards let’s the cars coming from that side see you, slow down, and give way for you to complete the turn (if they still don’t give you way, you can always go back to #1 or #2).

Hazard lights are used to inform other cars on the road that your car is parked on the side of the road, usually for repairs or during police questioning. But there’s another interesting way to use them: At night or in the event of a heavy downpour of rain, they can also double as a signal light.

In the event you come to an abrupt halt on the road or at a stoplight (especially if there aren’t any cars behind you), use your hazard lights to forewarn oncoming vehicles to slow down as they move toward you. The unity of the vibrant red brake lights and yellow hazard lights color combo definitely helps. Again, it’s all about making your automobile more visible to others, especially in the dark.

With these surefire tips on communicating with your car, not only will you give a pleasant mood to your fellow drivers, but also reduce the possibility of accidents on the road.

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