Essential Driver Safety Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

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Gone are the days when pedestrians walked on footpaths and the roads were for motorists. Thanks to the thousands of new cars being registered and increasing number of people crowding the cities, congestion has become a harsh reality and there is no dearth of people on the streets today.

Pedestrians often stray in the path of motorists and things can go from chaotic to dangerous in the blink of an eye. One must therefore be prepared for any eventuality and the following basic driver safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents should help go a long way:

  1. Awareness is the key and it all begins with knowing your vehicle. Most of the maruti suzuki cars these days come with disc brakes and ABS. These go a long way in reducing the stopping distance and ensuring steering control during a braking manoeuvre.
  2. Out on the road, anticipation is the key. One of the top driver safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents is by staying alert at all times. Pedestrians can pop in from anywhere and without warning. So be warned.
  3. Slow down when going past a stopped bus, passengers are notorious for getting off and bolting across the road from the front.
  4. A nod, headshake, potential distractors are all early warning indicators that a pedestrian could make a dash for it. Watch out for these.
  5. Lunch times along with opening & shutting hours are when pedestrian traffic is high in work districts. So proceed with caution if you’re in such an area during that time.
  6. Keep a watch for children around residential complexes. They have an uncanny knack of running across in the street chasing after a ball.
  7. When driving after dark, ensure that the headlights are well-aligned and illuminate the road sufficiently. Re-align if it isn’t so.
  8. Most pedestrians walk with the back to the traffic. So a short toot lets them know that there’s a motorist behind them.
  9. Fitness awareness may be improving but not the infrastructure. So watch out for enthusiasts who may be jog right into your path in the wee hours of the morning.
  10. Any place is a good place to cross for most pedestrians. So drive keeping the conditions in mind, not the performance of the car or your mood.

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Monsoon Car Care Tips

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Here’s a few easy-to-follow tips and tricks that should make driving easier and more enjoyable during the upcoming monsoons.

The rains have begun to pour down upon and will bring with them the much-needed respite from the long, torrid summer. But, although the season is essential for agriculture, etc, it brings with it, a host of problems for your car. Water, humidity and moisture spell disaster for metal and electronics. Fret not, for we are here to give you a host of easy-to-follow tips that will help make your monsoon motoring experience an enjoyable one.

Before you start looking for specialized monsoon measures, check the holistic health of your car. If there is a scheduled service in the next couple of months, it would be a good idea to get it done a bit earlier, as this will ensure your car is in the best shape to tackle the rains. Apart from the routine service, request the works personnel to spray an anti-rust solution on all metal parts exposed to rain water. Also, ask them to make sure all the drain plugs are closed and leaves are cleaned out of any water channels. A missing drain plug will let in muddy water from the roads that will soil your car’s carpets and also give rise to a stench that may be hard to get rid of later. The rains can also disrupt your car’s electrical systems. Have the workshop double-check all important connections such as the wiring for the battery and the alternator for proper insulation.

TIP: If you get locked in due to electrical failures, you can use the car’s headrest to break open the windows in an emergency.

Body care
Rain water is mildly acidic and your car’s paint could start to wear away after prolonged exposure. Use a good quality wax polish on the car. This forms a thin protective layer on top of the paint that causes the water to slip right off. Also, small scratches in the paintwork should be touched up to prevent the exposed metal from rusting. An underbody anti-rust treatment is also recommended once every two to three years. It generally costs around Rs 3,000 and has excellent long-term benefits

TIP: Water on the wing mirrors limits visibility. Carry a clean soft cloth to wipe them when required.

Safety first
The single most important component in keeping you safe through the rains is the tyres. Tyres with less than 2mm of tread are very prone to aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is a phenomenon that occurs when the tyre cannot squeeze out the water between the road and itself, and hence glides over a thin layer of water like a surfboard. This lack of contact between the road surface and the tyres could cause you to lose control of the car, resulting in a serious accident. To maximise grip, always maintain the manufacturer-recommended tyre pressure, as this ensures the maximum contact area between your tyres and the road. And of course, do not forget the spare tyre. Also, make sure your wheels are properly aligned to avoid any dynamic imbalance. Although good quality tyres help, they are not foolproof. Speeding is one of the main factors that induces aquaplaning and we recommend driving at least 30 percent slower than usual on wet roads. Having electronics such as ABS and TCS helps, but exercise extreme caution.

Although it may sound trivial, an alarming number of drivers have their windscreen wipers in bad shape. Rubber hardens over time, which significantly reduces the wiper’s effectiveness. Apart from a hazy view out when it’s raining, a bad wiper will leave permanent scratches on your expensive windscreen. A good set costs just a few hundred rupees, so do not skimp on these.

TIP: Spraying a household disinfectant into these vents here will reduce foul odours trapped in the air conditioning system.

Driving in the rains
Considering you now have a healthy car, remember, it is finally you who is in control of it. Monsoons bring with them their fair share of challenges when driving. In case you find yourself in a flooded area, venture out only if the water is half a foot lower than the air inlet to avoid the water from entering the engine. If you suspect water has entered the engine, immediately switch off the car to avoid any further damage. Drive Safe.

TIP: Visibility and traction are your biggest challenges during the monsoons. Drive cautiously.

Alto800 Facelift Safety Features:
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 also come with safety features like front airbag for driver from the base trim. The base and mid variants get safety child lock as well.

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Maruti Alto 800 – Things to Know

Navnit Motors Pvt. Ltd. Maruti Suzuki being the most popular and most trusted car brand of India has several models in their stable, which boasts a large selling numbers in the country. The entry-level hatchback segment is the most competitive and best selling space in the Indian automotive scenario which the Indo-Japanese brand took for granted. The company has a range of small and compact hatchbacks in their stable, among which Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is one of the most popular models.

The Alto 800 bears the legacy of the original Maruti 800 which was the most popular car in the Indian automotive history. Now with steeply growing competition in the market, the automaker has decided to introduce an updated Alto 800. Earlier, it was speculated that Maruti Suzuki will showcase the car at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2016 in February but it turned out not to be the case.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto is the undisputed best-seller for many years now but the leading car manufacturer in the country certainly isn’t resting on its laurels with the stupendous feats scaled by the small hatchback. The car is finally launched in India and is available in petrol and CNG variants only.

The Outgoing Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 was priced ranging between Rs. 2.57 lakh and Rs. 3.78 lakh depending on the variants however Maruti Suzuki dropped the facelifted model prices as the Alto encounters heavy competition.

Engine and Specifications & Mileage:
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 gets a 796 cc F8D engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The engine churns out 47.65 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 69 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. The car is available in petrol and CNG variants as well. The car might get an AMT gearbox, which will definitely take the game up for this model, but only at a later stage.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800’s facelift model delivers 24.7 kmpl of fuel economy in petrol (9% more frugal than the outgoing model), while on CNG mode,it is claimed to deliver 33.4 kmpl of fuel efficiency with is 10% up on its predecessor.

Maruti Suzuki Alto800 Exterior:

The facelift model of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 gets a revised front fascia sporting restyled headlamps and front grille. The headlamp design is now slimmer as part of what Maruti Suzuki calls as Aero Edge Design. The hexagonal sharp grille has been modified to accommodate the trapezoidal shape similar to the A Star and the headlamps are more squarer and sharper with bolder character lines on the bonnet. The side profile of the car remains pretty much unchanged and so as the rear end. The wheels have received a new design. The bumper is now 35mm longer and gets provision for fog lamps.

Dimensionally, 2016 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with 3430 mm of length which is 35mm longer than outgoing version but 1490 mm of width, 1475 mm of height and 2360 mm of wheelbase remains similar to the outgoing version. The car comes with a ground clearance of 160 mm and the kerb weighs stands at 725 kilograms. Turning radius for the Alto 800 is 4.6 meters.

2016 Maruti Alto800 Interior and Features:

The cabin has come with certain updates as well. It includes new fabric upholstery for seats and door pads, a passenger side Outside Rear View Mirror as standard and there is additional storage space at the rear. Also standard are full wheel covers, rear spoiler, front power windows and much-needed central locking system.

The 2016 Maruti Alto 800 facelift gets several interesting features upgrades like remote keyless entry, smart storage spaces like rear bottle holder and co-driver side map pocket.

Alto800 Facelift Safety Features:

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 also come with safety features like front airbag for driver from the base trim. The base and mid variants get safety child lock as well.

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CAR CARE TIPS FOR MONSOON! TIPS FOR A SAFE DRIVE

12027504_1007935742590667_3729778140554791054_nThe monsoons have arrived in India! A time for joy and regeneration. But the rains don’t combine well with our roads and the quality of our driving. Rains bring their own set of challenges for the car and the driver. Not being monsoon-proofed the car will ditch you with a brake-down on the middle of traffic. For the monsoon season cars need extreme care to the following parts like Car body ,Tyres, Interior, Exterior, Brakes, Electrical accessories, Wipers, Engine etc.

CAR BODY

Before the rains start, apply a good wax polish to your car. This will protect the paint and help in beading of water on the car, allowing water to roll off easily. Grease all the door locks and components under the car that can be greased, such as the gear linkages, propeller shaft, etc. Check the condition of the battery, top-up if needed, and apply a coat of petroleum jelly to the terminals. Also carry a can of anti-moisture spray, as this will help dispel moisture from critical components like spark plugs and coils, in case they come in contact with water. More importantly, this will prevent rusting on exposed metal parts. Spray some WD40 on electrical contact points that are likely to come in contact with water, such as the horn and lights wiring. Also consider Anti rust coating/Under body painting before the monsoon. This is a good practice to keep the rust at bay.

INTERIORS

To keep neat and tidy of your interior is very Tricky, Painful and Expensive during monsoon season. Do not drive with the windows down when it rains as water will seep on to the seats and carpet and damp carpet will develop fungus if not dried quickly. Use a vacuum cleaner and leave the doors and windows open for a while. If too much water has soaked in take the vehicle to the dealership to be dried. If need be, remove the carpet and dry it. The plastic on door pads also ages faster when it gets wet as does fabric door trim. Rain water can cause a short circuit when the power window switches are operated. You can use the air conditioner and demister to remove mist from the interior. Use fabric mats with rubber mats underneath to protect seepage of water in to the interior body to prevent rust. Using an umbrella while getting in and out of the car to prevent wet clothes from dampening the seats or seat covers. Keep wet umbrella in a plastic bag so it does not wet the seats or carpet.

TYRE CARE

Caring of your tyres are also important during monsoon. Always use tyre with good thread depth, at least in the front to avoid skidding and lose of control while braking. You have to clean the tyre if it is too dirty after coming from a long drive. It is always advisable to apply some tyre care coating to safeguard your rubber. The car tyres should be in good condition and be prepared for monsoon. Keeping a good spare tyre in the car is always recommended. Carrying a puncture repair kit is also a good option

BRAKES

The brakes too need care during monsoon. Prolonged driving in monsoon will cause the muddy water entering in to your wheel drum and causing brakes less effective. To avoid this driving with slightly applied brakes are considerable. The disc brakes too affected by the muddy water as it causes less braking effort. The DOT 3 brake fluid (Red in color) may absorb the moisture and will affect your braking system. Using DOT 4 brake fluid (color less) won’t have any moisture absorbing property so its wise to use DOT 4 brake fluid in your car.

ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES

The monsoon Car care includes the caring of electrical accessories of the car and avoids short circuits and other faults related to the electrical system. Check your car’s electrical system meticulously with an auto electrician, which includes the Alternator, Starter motor, Fuses, Relays and Junction boxes. Do not modify the wiring harness at your own it may cause electrical shorting and the car may caught fire. It will always be useful to keep some extra fuses that will be useful if any electrical emergencies arise. The acid salts that will be deposited in the bare battery terminals will weaken the current flow from the battery to the rest of the electrical gadgets. In order to avoid this, the battery terminals can be greased. Having an extra spare bulb will also be useful if driving at night when it is raining.

WIND SHIELD WIPERS

Wind shield wipers should be serviceable to meet the monsoon requirements. Without wind shield wipers you will become literally blind and it affects your life at risk. Always check the wind shield wipers for any crack, replace the wipers if necessary. The worn wind shield wipers will make scratch marks on your wind shield and it will affect your visibility. It would be always safe to keep a hammer or other heavy object inside the car so that the windshield can be broken in case if the passenger is trapped inside the car and the car is stuck during a flood.

ENGINE

It is advisable to protect your engine from water entering in to it. Never ever drive your vehicle in a flooded road with a chance of water entering into your engine compartment. By doing so you are playing with the engine’s life.

Monsoon is the toughest time for driving cars in India, especially in the city. Even if we follow all rules, regulations and tips, there is always an element of risk involved in driving and maintenance of vehicles. The above tips should allow you to at least minimize that. But always ensure to use your best judgment at all times, and remember, Better be safe than sorry!

 

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