10 driving tips

10 driving tips from Total

Loupe Long-distance driving

Before a long trip, be sure to :

  • Get a good night’s sleep,
  • Leave as early as possible in the morning, rather than in the evening.
  • Drink water and have something to eat before getting on the road.
  • Be sure to top up the oil level, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid.
  • Finally, carefully check the pressure of your tyres, including the spare. Every two hours, take a break for 15 minutes or so. For more advice on long-distance driving, please remember to check our pre-vacation checklist

Driving and medications

Before driving, if you’re currently taking prescription medicines, check that the packaging of the medicinal product or the enclosed leaflet does not recommend against driving. The secondary effects of some medications can include reduced attentiveness or increased drowsiness.

Safety first

It can never be repeated enough, but make sure that you and all passengers are fastening your seatbelts. Don’t forget that even a short trip is not free of danger, and that a secured passenger means a life saved.

Pay attention to speed limits

In addition to their importance for road safety, speed limits also help you to lower your fuel consumption. If you think that you’ll save a lot of time by exceeding the limits, you’re wrong! At best, you may only gain a few minutes. In addition to the fine and demerit points on your licence, you’ll consume more fuel and pollute the planet even more. Not only will you be endangering your own safety, but also that of other drivers, so bear that in mind before stepping on the accelerator.

Beware of drowsiness at the wheel

Some of the factors that can aggravate your drowsiness while driving include a lack of sleep, a heavy meal or poor air conditioning within the vehicle. To address this issue, remember to take breaks every two hours. Use this time to stretch your legs or, even better, to take a 15-minute power nap. To ensure optimal vigilance along your way, don’t hesitate to alternate driving with one of the passengers, if possible.

Reduce your fuel consumption!

Shutting off the engine at red lights, downshifting rather than braking, and lowering the air conditioning are some of the things that, over the long term, will help you to reduce your fuel consumption. Bear in mind that reducing your speed by 10 km/h will lower your fuel consumption by up to 1 L per 100 km.

Parking in reverse

In addition to helping you to get underway more easily, parking in reverse also improves your safety. Did you know that 78% of accidents in a car park are caused by backing out of the parking space? In the end, when leaving your parking space, you’ll have a better view of the car park while also being more easily visible to other motorists.

Maintain your air conditioning system

Many people often think, incorrectly, that the car’s air conditioning system never requires maintenance. In reality, it must be cleaned every two years, in addition to an anti-bacterial treatment every year. Over and above the safety aspect, the air conditioning system improves your driving comfort by maintaining a stable temperature. For more information, please don’t hesitate to read our article on maintenance of the air conditioning system.

Persona total Regular oil changes

Failing to change your engine oil can result in clogging and damage. Additional effects include reduced performance and increased fuel consumption. Regular oil changes are important economically and ecologically, and help to increase your vehicle’s useful life. Total is happy to offer you a discount coupon for an oil change through one of its trusted partners.