This is to note that this post is not trying to encourage people to drive too fast o. the road but trying to expose drivers to safety rules to be considered when there is a cogent reason to drive very fast.
To ensure safety while driving at high speed, drivers need to follow the rules below.
1. Hold the steering wheel with both hands at 9h and 3h positions
Drivers should keep their hands at 9h and 3h on the steering wheel to ensure safety when driving at high speed. Placing both hands at the most comfortable positions on the wheel allows the driver to handle situations on the road correctly and with little force.
Experienced drivers are most likely familiar with this rule when handling the steering wheel, but not everyone takes it seriously. In fact, keeping the hands at the right places will help you react and handle situations more quickly and precisely, which minimizes the chance of collisions when driving at high speed.
2. Do not play music too loud
Listening to music with a volume of 95 decibels or above will reduce the driver’s reflex by as much as 20 percent
According to a report from a Canadian university, listening to music with a volume of 95 decibels or above will reduce the driver’s reflex by as much as 20 percent. In addition, the loud music will make the engine sounds hard to hear, increasing the difficulties for drivers to control the speed of their vehicles.
3. Adjust the seat correctly and comfortably
Only when sitting at a stable and comfortable position can you focus on driving the car. When you sit too far from the steering wheel, your hands have to reach far to hold it and cannot be relaxed. Relaxed hands can help you react faster to obstacles and is especially important when driving at high speed. Additionally, sitting too far from the windshield narrows the driver’s vision and increases the risk when driving fast.
On the other hand, sitting too close to the wheel also makes your hands uncomfortable and increases pressure on your foot, making it difficult to control the car’s speed precisely. Therefore, it is very important to adjust the driver’s seat to the most comfortable position before starting to drive, so that you can react faster and more accurate to on-road situations.
4. Expand your vision
Expand your vision to the sides and behind your vehicle using wing mirrors help you recognize unexpected situations and have enough time to handle
Do not just look at the road ahead of you, and instead, expand your vision to the sides and behind your vehicle using wing mirrors. This could help you recognize unexpected situations and have enough time to handle.
5. Do not let the car drift
Letting a vehicle drift with its momentum is perfectly okay when driving slow in the city, but is extremely dangerous when running at high speed, because there would be a high chance of slipping even in dry and clear roads if you did so. You should only adjust the acceleration pedal and use the brake to slow down the car so that you do not lose balance and control.
6. Drive fast only when possible
Should you not express your ability to drive at high speed in every roads, since it could cause danger to yourself and others. Statistics show that high-speed car accidents occur mostly in the city streets and not in the highways, therefore, be careful and drive slower when the roads aren’t clear.