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Safety Tips for Driving at Night

The dangers of driving are always exaggerated after dark. It takes more caution and alertness to drive during the night than it does when driving in daylight. Especially in a country like India where drivers are just a little more ‘slack’ about following road rules.

Drowsy Driving:
Never drive if you are feeling extra fatigued at the end of the day. Always be cautious that there could be other drowsy drivers on the road. Long work hours, extra work shifts, lack of quality sleep, and sleep disorders are only a few of the reasons why accidents happen because of inattentive and overtired drivers.

Blinding Lights:
We have all experienced those blinding high-beam headlights in our face obscuring our view momentarily. But all it takes are those few blinding seconds to cause a serious accident. Only use your high-beam lights when necessary; when visibility is low. Try to switch between low and high beams when you see oncoming drivers. Just because they blind you doesn’t mean you need to blind them as well.

Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights:
Those High-beam headlights can be extremely distracting; the best strategy is not to stare directly at them and to do your best to cast your gaze down when cars are coming at you. Try to focus on the white line. This will prevent you from being temporarily blinded.

Despite popular belief, don’t buy those yellow-tint sunglasses that would supposedly help you see better at night. They limit the amount of light that passes through them, making distinguishing objects and road hazards more difficult.

Don’t Drink and Drive:
Alcohol is the most common cause of accidents, even more so at night time. Be wary of other drivers when driving at night as you are more likely to encounter a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Remember, you not only have your own life in your hands when driving but of those around you as well; so never drink and drive no matter how “little” you think you had, that is still too much.

Clean Your Windshield:
Your windshield might look fine during the day, but it can cause glare when headlights hit it. Dust that might not bother you during the day can be spotty and distracting at night, so it’s important to clean your windshield both inside and out. This applies to motorists’ helmet visors as well.

Our favourite video games that help you drive better

“Stop playing those useless games and do your homework!” Haven’t we all heard this from our parents while growing up? Be it on mobile phones, consoles or portable devices, video games have become a part of our lives. But now, we finally have an excuse! A study conducted by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and New York University Shanghai discovered that playing action-based video games for at least five hours a day can improve a person’s visuomotor-controls. The findings suggest the games could serve as beneficial training tools for driving!

Based on this advantageous information, here are some recommendations of our favourite racing video games that we loved playing:

Real Racing 3
With over 200 million downloads, this award-winning franchise sets a new standard for mobile racing games. If you’re looking for a console-quality, first-person racing simulator that feels very much like a real car, this is it! The game offers everything from Real-Time Multiplayer, Time Trials, night racing, and innovative Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology, allowing you to race anyone, anytime, anywhere, to in-depth car customization.
Developer: EA
Platform: Android and iOS

MotoGP 19
For years MotoGP has been a favourite for motorcycle racing and it’s 2019 release does not disappoint! Gone are the old days when you learned all the racetracks and easily won. The new Neural AI and Machine Learning gives you smarter and faster opponents who will exploit your mistakes. This improved AI makes the game a whole lot more challenging, realistic and thrilling. It’s motorcycle racing at it’s finest and die-hard MotoGP fans will be satisfied.
Developer: Milestone S.r.l
Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One, Steam, Nintendo Switch

Forza Horizon Series
When you think XBOX car racing games, it’s the Forza series. Forza Horizon focuses on casual street racing rather than pre-planned tracks. With it’s latest release Forza Horizon 4, the popular car racing series lets players experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world; something that is completely new in the racing and driving genre. One of the most polished driving games ever made, with the spectacular open world and the unbelievable visuals, players can explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and a whole lot more!
Developer: Playground Games
Platform: XBOX

Need For Speed: Underground
Everybody loves Need for Speed, but the 7th instalment in the beloved racing series became an instant favourite amongst players. It was the first game in the series to offer a career mode, helping to reboot the NFS series. It finally featured a storyline and a garage mode that allowed players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of brand-name performance and visual upgrades. With the popular increase of import car racing game thanks to the movie The Fast and the Furious, Underground was EA’s attempt to get involved and they succeeded.
Developer: Black Box
Platform: PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, GameCube, Arcade game, Game Boy Advance

Need a good laugh? Slow down and take a look

With the winter season coming in, Indian roads are going to be hectic with everyone speeding off to their destinations in the rain and cold. These quirky road signs were placed to make the driver slow down and have a good laugh.

1. While for this generation “tea” takes on a whole new meaning, it’s common knowledge that all Indians love their chai, making this quite the motivation to slow down.

2. All Indians are our brothers and sisters and siblings have got to look out for one another.

3. Sometimes ‘Don’t drink and drive’ just doesn’t cut it.

4. Better late than not at all.

5. Just gotta take it slow.

6. It’s not the time to count sheep.

7. And you don’t have to be a musician either.

8. It’s not cool to be a fool.

9. All you need is a little patience.

10. At least they’re aware of the pain.

These creative road signs are sure to help prevent unnecessary accidents. Hopefully, we will see more unique traffic signs popping up around cities in the future.

*Disclaimer: All photo credit to the original owners.

The RPM Gauge and ‘Redlining’

All cars come with multiple dials on its dashboard. While most of us are familiar with the fuel gauge and the speedometer, there is that one other dial that’s a bit more complicated – the tachometer or RPM gauge. So, what exactly is a tachometer? By definition: It is an instrument which measures the working speed of an engine, typically in revolutions per minute (RPM). In short, it helps inform us how fast the engine is turning and rotating. The tachometer aims to read the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft and it also lets you know when to shift.

These days, cars with automatic transmissions are slowly discontinuing tachometers, but they are an absolute necessity in manual models to let drivers know when there is a problem with the transmission as well as precisely when to shift.

What is ‘redlining’?
You will also notice that compared to a speedometer, the RPM gauge displays smaller numbers such as 1-8, with red lines on the higher digits. These red lines are the danger zones for your engine. When you fail to shift to a higher gear, the needle moves to the red line. If your tachometer reaches these red levels, it can cause overheating and excessive wear on the engine. But although some believe this will cause your engine to explode, all modern cars incorporate a fuel cut-off that will stop an engine from reaching the point where it could cause permanent damage, typically just past the redline itself. The tachometer is just a way to tell you that your engine has reached its maximum RPMs. The best way to avoid this is by shifting gears within the range of your engine’s maximum performance whenever possible.

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What happens if you redline?
The red lines are there for a reason; but if you do accidentally end up in the red for a fleeting instant, you have little to worry about as long as you don’t do it again. You could also book a check-up for your car if you’re worried.

Prevention:
Most cars these days have a rev-limiter built-in and prevent you from redlining by setting up the system to cut off the fuel flow to the engine, or to disable the ignition system until the engine falls to a safer speed. The safest bet, however, is to avoid over-speeding the engine and not upshifting the gear.