A while back, was given a chance to drive like GANGSTER in a Chevrolet Cruze. LoL! Kidding. Would I drive like a gangster? Seriously? In all honesty, I was taught to NOT drive like a gangster on the road! =P In total, I underwent a 5-hours defensive driving course and came out of it ALIVE!
We started out early in the morning with a theory session on defensive driving at KGSAS. The course includes road safety, driving ethics, seat position and of course, defensive driving. Defensive driving is driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. We got to learn some driving techniques that reduces the risk of road accidents on the road.
|Theory session with Mr. Kevin Low, instructor from AADA|
|Different facial expression when pictures and videos of bad road accidents were shown!|
- Practice proper sitting position
- Always have your seat belt on when driving
- Opt for cars with SRS airbags installed
- Drive pro-actively - Look well ahead, perceive potential problems early
- Give yourself enough space - 2 second rule
And then we get to the fun part! Out in the sun and in the Chevrolet Cruze!
|Although, yes. Important stuff first! Gotta check the car first! Engine oil, water level and the tyres!
|Interior of the Chevrolet Cruze! Stylist aye?|
|Push-pull steering | Emergency Braking Accidents Avoidance | Skid Control|
I am sure that most of us are the best at Tai Chi steering driving. (Tai Chi steering - where you hands crosses whenever you maneuver your car to turn left or right) I must admit that I find the Tai Chi way to be very comfortable and easy, we were told otherwise.
We were taught to never cross our hands when we turn and that we should practice push-pull steering where your left hand is to be at 9 o'clock and right hand to be at 3 o'clock of the steering wheel. Trust me, it was bloody hard to not cross my hands! For safety sake, push-pull steering is the way to go!
Emergency Braking Accidents Avoidance was actually one of the hardest to do, if you ask me! I know that it is as easy as jamming your foot into the brake all the way but I couldn't! All I did was cushion the brakes! Unfortunately, cushioning an emergency brake isn't the answer. The Chevrolet Cruze has 4-wheel disk brakes with Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), brake assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) which assists the car in a shorter distance allowing the driver to maneuver away from a collision.
Skid control was probably the best practice session evah! Well, of course if it was a real skidding situation... definitely not the best time. We were taught to fully control the car if it was ever to skid off control! Please never try this at home or unattended by experts. The Electronic Stability Control and Traction control available in the Chevrolet Cruze were turned off on purpose for this particular exercise.
|All high on adrenaline rush from the practical Defensive Driving Course!|
|Quirky playful after a long day of acquiring new driving skills!|
The Chevrolet Cruze packs a punch of strength, style and sophistication in its design. Runs on an ECOTEC engine with 6-speed shiftronic transmission that is built with quiet ride technology to give you that extra smooth ride! Equippted with ABS, EBD, dual SRS airbags, Electronic Stability Control and Traction control, the Chevrolet Cruze was rated 5-star for NCAP safety.
|Euro-Ride Tuning Suspension to boot!|
| Chevrolet Cruze available in 7 different colours|
Cruze 1.8LT = RM98,716.40 (without insurance)
Cruze 1.8LT Special Edition = RM116,716.40 (without insurance)
It was definitely an eye opening course! If you ask me, defensive driving is most certainly important especially with KL's traffic condition. Without a doubt, a beneficial yet fun day out on a weekend!