First Day Ride: 5 Stuff You Should Know If You’re Driving to School
June 23, 2015
It’s the first day of school and you’re finally allowed to go there with wheels. But first, check if everything’s in tip top condition. How’s the engine? How about the muffler? If your ride’s doing fine and you’re having trouble what to do next, then here are five things you should think on:
Good Parking Spaces
One thing that almost always hassles motorists are parking spaces (or at least lack of it). More often than not, there are more vehicles than spaces where you can park it. And even if you’re one of the lucky ones to get a parking space, you might still end up with the one that’s far from your building! The only way you can solve this problem is by going to school early. That way, you will be able find a great parking spot and be early for your class.
For drivers, snoozing behind the wheel in the wee hours of the day can be very hazardous. Not only could you endanger yourself and others, but it will also cost you massive amounts of time and money! So make sure to have at least seven to eight hours of sleep the night before. Stop using your gadgets at least an hour before your bedtime to relax your mind and to help your drowse off faster. Of course, it is unavoidable to stay up late (thanks to those killer deadlines set by your professors). Take this opportunity to carpool or commute instead of driving. Here’s an added bonus: having enough sleep means you will be more alert in class and you will be able to absorb more information relayed to you by your teachers.
Changing Traffic Schemes
Universities and colleges in the Philippines are growing at a rapid rate, and you must realize that along with it new buildings and new roads. The route you’re used to last year might not be there this time. Or that little shortcut you once took to escape the event with a compulsory attendance has disappeared thanks to that new tennis court. So before taking the car to school, you should check out their website or social media accounts for newly implemented traffic schemes. Some institutions may enforce color coding schemes while others just utilize your usual traffic flow route. In any case, take note of it all.
Road Rules and Regulations
Schools have their own traffic rules are created for the protection and safety of their students (not excluding you). Some of these rules involve the maximum and minimum speed limits, horn blowing inside the school premises and blocking the campus entrances. Better follow these rules to avoid any sanctions that may cause you a day’s worth of school.
Possible Car Trouble
We’ve mentioned above that you should check your ride first before taking it out to school. Still, there will always be the possibility of your car breaking down in the middle of the road or in your campus. So you should know the basic specs of your car such as the make and model or possible vehicular problems. Always have the car’s registration and insurance details with you (people sometimes check you for it). Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to know a few mechanic tricks, too, so have a small toolkit stored just in case.
Remember to keep these things in mind and for sure you’ll be enjoying driving to school with your sweet, hot ride!