Purchasing A New Car: How To Get Used To Your Vehicle

Issue 94

Buying a new car is exciting, especially if it’s your first or you’ve been due an upgrade for some time. However, it’s important to get familiar with it so that you’re able to drive both safely and comfortably.

Adjusting to the vehicle’s dynamics and features can take some time and you may find yourself learning new things further down the line. If you’re a driver who could use some help in getting started with your new investment, here are some of our top tips to help you get comfortable with your vehicle.

Figure out the controls

One of the trickier aspects when getting a new car is figuring out how to use all of its interior controls, as these will more often than not be different to your previous car. It’s important to find out how to use your indicators and windscreen wipers first, as well as the climate controls.

If you are struggling to understand the different features of the vehicle, refer to the vehicle handbook, which will provide a detailed explanation. It can take some time to do this so don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense straight away.

If the vehicle has a touchscreen infotainment system, you’ll need to be tech-savvy and figure out how to access features like the radio, maps, or even the heating. You should also be able to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth to play your own music or answer phone calls hands-free.

Adjusting your mirrors

It’s highly likely that your new car will have different interior dimensions and seat heights, so you’ll need to make some adjustments to see properly out of your mirrors. Always make these alterations when parked safely with the engine off.

Firstly, you’ll want to make sure that your rearview mirror offers a clear view behind you, without you having to move your head. Next, alter the side mirrors so that the majority of the horizon is within the middle and the side of the car is only partly in view.

Getting used to braking and handling

Trying out the brakes and getting used to them is highly important for both your safety and other road users. Every car has a different response time, so the longer you spend practising the better. When travelling on the road, ensure you leave plenty of distance in front of the other vehicle in case it takes more pressure to stop than usual.

If you’ve opted for a larger vehicle like the Hyundai Tucson, you’ll need to be prepared for longer stopping distances. You’ll need to push the pedal much earlier and with more force in order to stop at the same time.

You’ll also need to get familiar with the way the car handles – essentially how it feels when you turn and go around corners. Do note that some brand-new cars have tyres with a thin oil coating. This can affect the way you drive until they eventually wear off, so take it easy for the first few months.

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