How To Take A Test Drive?

Be logical and systematic, and every car will reveal its
secrets.

It is possibly the most important part of your car-buying
decision because no matter how good the car looks, only a test drive can tell
you what it will be like to live with. If you’ve got a shortlist of models, try
and drive them on the same day – it makes them easier to compare. Leave
yourself plenty of time – as well as a decent drive, you’ll want to spent time
exploring the interiors.

Finally, it seems obvious enough, but will the car fit in
your parking lot?

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# ON THE ROAD

Plan your route in advance so you can focus on the way the
car drives, and make sure that you drive on a variety of roads. Ask the
salesperson not to chat about the car, so you can form your own impression.

Don’t be afraid to push the car – trying acceleration in all
the gears (and after you’ve warned your passengers and check traffic behind)
perform an emergency stop. Do external or internal noises intrude, and do you
need to raise your voice? Think about how slick the gearchange is, whether the
steering is responsive and whether the ride is smooth.

Also Read: How To Avoid Road Rage While Driving

# BEHIND THE WHEEL

Can you get comfortable? Experiment with the seat and
steering adjustment, and ensure there’s 
enough head and legroom.
# VISIBILITY

Make sure the door pillars don’t obstruct your view of the
road when turning out of junctions. Reverse into a parking space and see if the
rear headrests obscure your view out.

Also Read: Road Safety Starts At Home

# CONTROLS

How easy is it to reach and adjust the buttons for the
stereo and the climate control? Listen to the stereo before you set off – you
don’t want distractions once you’re moving.
# PASSENGERS

It’s a good idea to take along any regular passengers,
including children. Better to hear any complaints at this stage, than during
every long journey to come.

# LUGGAGE SPACE

As well as storage in the cabin, cupholders and map pockets,
how well does the boot suit your lifestyle? If it is a small car, can it take
enough kit for the weekend trip out of town?

Also Read: Stretching A Litre Of Fuel (Mileage Tips)

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.