September’s own routine has already burst into the lives of both young and old and, beyond going back to school, this month has also meant going back to work for many people. In many cases, this means that you have to take your private car again for daily trips.

Test your perception of risk with these tests and drive safely

That is why it is important, before getting behind the wheel, remember the road safety regulations and regain confidence with the vehicle. Nor does it hurt to follow the odd tips to drive more efficiently and thus reduce fuel consumption or prevent breakdowns.

From Doppo, the Zurich online insurer, have drawn up a decalogue that fits perfectly with all those who for work reasons or of any other nature have to take the private car daily.

  1. Start-up and commissioning. Ideally, start the engine without pressing the accelerator. If you have a diesel vehicle, it will be better to wait a few seconds before starting off.
  2. First gear. First gear should be used only for the start of commissioning. After 2 seconds or 6 meters have passed, you have to change to second.
  3. Acceleration and gear changes. With a gasoline car, the gear change will be adequate between two thousand and two thousand five hundred revolutions. With a diesel, between 1,500 and 2,000 revolutions.
  4. Use of gears. If possible, it is better to drive in high gears for as long as possible and at low revs. The most advisable thing is to drive in fourth and fifth.
  5. Circulation speed. You have to keep the driving speed as uniform as possible and seek fluidity, avoiding unnecessary braking and acceleration.
  6. Deceleration. It is advisable to lift your foot and let the vehicle circulate with the gear engaged at that moment. Brake smoothly and downshift as late as possible.
  7. Detention. Whenever possible, do so without downshifting.
  8. Stops. If it takes more than sixty seconds to stop, it is best to turn off the engine.
  9. Anticipation and forecasting. Driving with sufficient safety distance and a field of vision of two or three cars ahead, the ability to anticipate maneuvers will be greater.
  10. Security. In most cases, efficient driving contributes to increased road safety.