Car and bike Tips

What Documents Do You Need To Get An LL

Getting
a learner’s driving license is fairly a simple job if you know what to
do, where to go and what documents to have. But this is not something
everybody knows. People are often cheated by touts who charge huge
amounts just to get a learner’s license.

Many people go to
agents to get their LLs and DLs as they do not have time or they do not
know the exact procedures. Agents misuse their weakness by charging
fees that is many times more than the official fee.

Just follow the below steps to get yourself a learner’s driver’s license without much hassle

Go
to the nearest RTO office and get the application. Carry three recent
passport size photographs along with copies of address proof and ID
proof.

One of the following can be used as an address proof

  • Ration Card
  • Passport
  • LIC Policy
  • Electoral Roll
  • Telephone Bill
  • Electricity Bill
  • Water Bill
  • Caste Certificate (SC/ST, Backward Class and Minorties, etc.) and Income Certificate issued by Tahasildar.
  • Pay slip issued by any office of the Central Government or a State Government or a Local body.
  • Ration CardSelf swearing Affidavit by an applicant before an
    executive Magistrate or a First Class Judicial Magistrate or a Notary
    Public as evidence of age and address.
  • Proof of legal presence in India in addition to proof of residence in case of foreigners.

You also need to carry documents to indicate your correct age. The
applicant needs to produce one of the following is mandatory for the
application to be accepted.

  • School Certificate
  • Birth Certificate.
  • PAN card.
  • Certificate granted by the registered medical practitioner not below the rank of a Civil Surgeon.
  • Self swearing Affidavit by an applicant before an executive
    Magistrate or a First Class Judicial Magistrate or a Notary Public as
    evidence of age and address.

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Steps To Follow To Get Learner’s Driving License

The Learner’s License is provided to people who are at least 16 years
old. You can apply only if you are aged above the stipulated age. People
aged between 16 and 18 will only be provided with a Learner’s license
for a 50cc two wheeler. They also need to provide their parents’ approval in writing to the RTO.
People aged above 18 years can apply for a learner’s license for a motorcycle with gears or a light motor vehicle.

People seeking a learner’s license to drive transport vehicles must be
above the age of 20 years. Further they need to have a valid driving
license for light motor vehicle that is active for at least one year.

The filled application needs to be presented to the Asistant RTO – Driving License Division.

Applicants who have passed SSLC are given a multiple choice written
test. Others are given an oral test by the concerned authority. The test
will be about traffic signs, signals, rules that come under section 118
of the Motor Vehicles Act.

People who have passed the test can
get their LL as soon as the same day. But if you are among the unlucky
few who did not pass the test, the application along with other
documents will be returned to the applicant and he/she can re-apply on
the next day itself.
The learner’s license is valid for a
period of six months and you cannot get it renewed. You can now learn to
drive a vehicle of your choice and seek a permanent driving license
within six months.
Hope these tips will help young drivers get
their learner’s license and driving license without any hassle. The
validity of the learner license will be for six months and it will not
be renewed further. The learner’s license is valid throughout India.

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How To Drive Safely During Monsoons – Tips

 Many wonder how to drive safely during the monsoons and Drivespark is
happy to provide you some safety tips that will let you enjoy the
monsoons safely.

You would have already read in the previous page about how to prepare
your car for the monsoons. Now we will provide you safety tips that you
can use while on the road.

a. As we said earlier, roads are slippery during the rains. Particularly
the ones built using concrete. Avoiding high speed is advised on such
surfaces.

b. Use a lower gear that you usually do when it is raining. It will help
keep

your car’s speed low and will allow you to have a better control
on the vehicle.
c. Maintain a fair distance with the vehicles in front you as well as
behind you. As the braking distance during monsoon rains is higher than
usual, this greater distance will avoid collisions.
d. Avoid
using high beam headlight while its raining. Although the visibility is
slightly higher, you will be distracting oncoming traffic and that is
not safe.
e. Use warning lights whenever you slow down during rains. It will provide an additional warning to other road users.
f. Avoid driving on huge puddles of water as you will not be able to
ascertain their depths. Deep puddles can damage your car’s suspension.
g. Traffic jams and slow moving traffic are regular events during monsoons. Start early to avoid delays
Hope these safety tips help you get through the Monsoons without any problems.
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10 Tips To Know Before Going On A Car Test Drive


The process of
buying a car is a long one. It starts from the buyer deciding to first
buy a car followed by several days of research with other car users as
well as on the internet. Finally when
you make a list of cars from which you want to choose one you start
visiting showrooms to have a closer look at the car and even go for a
test drive.

The car test drive is by far the most important
event that will help you decide to buy or not to buy a car. You need to
be prepared well for a test drive as you will have to understand the
positive as well as the negative aspects about a car. You will only have
a few minutes to do that and here is where our tips for the car test
drive will help you.

a) Take the car for a test drive at a time
when you have sufficient time. A hurried test drive will mean you will
not give full attention to all the features of the car.

b) Most
car dealers have a person along with you to help you understand the
car’s features during the test drive./ Do not hesitate to enquire
anything and everything about the car before you begin the test drive.

c) Observe the car’s interior space to ascertain if the car offer’s the
required space. Also have a look at the amount of space the car
occupies in the parking are so that you can ascertain if it fits in to
your parking space.

d) Take the car for the test drive around
not only traffic free roads but also on main roads where you encounter
higher traffic to see how the car performance on the road. If possible
take the car to a nearby high way to see how it accelerates and also
test the brakes.

e) You can also drive the car on the route that you take routinely. This will help you understand the car in a better way.

f) Check the car both from the driver and passenger seat. While on the
driver’s seat you should look at all the adjustments available to the
seat, steering, ergonomics, buttons and keys that need to be accessed
from the driver’s seat. Also check how comfortable the seats are as they
are very important for long journeys.

g) Space inside the
cabin is a very important aspect. Have a look at the head room, leg
space available both at the front as well as in the rear cabin.

h) Always be attentive to any kind of unnecessary noise or sounds
coming from the car during the test drive. Also check if the engine’s
sound enters the cabin. Diesel engines tend to produce more noise than
petrol ones. But a well built car will essentially block as much engine
sound from the engine as possible.

i) Speaking about noises,
also check how the music system of the car performs. A good music system
is an essential part of the car as it elevates the driving pleasure.
Ensure you have a close look at the music system during the test drive.

j) Do not go alone for a test drive. Always take an experienced driver
along so that you can get immediate feedback about the car. If possible
take a car mechanic along as he will be able to judge the car’s
performance.  

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Car Washing Tips For This Summer


Summer is probably the best
time when you will enjoy washing your car. What better way to wash away
the sweltering heat than drenching yourself in water while giving your
favourite car a cool wash. While many consider car washing a simple job,
there are actually some things that you need to know before you wash
your car.

Follow these simple tips to get the best car wash.

Park your car in a cool shady place before starting to wash it.
Keeping it in the sun will make you feel hot and also heat up the car.
Moreover quick drying water can leave patches on the car.

Carefully wipe any large quantities of dust deposited on the bonnet, trunk and windscreen.

Always use liquid soap to wash the car. Avoid using detergent or
dish washing soaps. Prepare the solution as per the given instructions.
Spray water on your car and then put the soap solution evenly across the
surface.

Take special car while washing the tyres. Always
spray water in to the mud guards and wheel arches to remove stuck soil.
Apply soap on tyres and rub them cleanly.

Apply soap on the
roof. Rub it completely for a few minutes using a sponge. Do not use
rough fabrics as it might scratch the outer surface of the paint.

You can now move to cleaning the side panels, bonnet and trunk.
Once you have given the car a satisfactory rub, splash water on it
trough a hose. Ensure all soap and lather is cleanly washed away.

Use a soft cloth to wipe the car dry. Ensure there is no water standing on the roof.

Take special care while wiping the wind shields and window glasses.
Clean from both sides using a soft cloth or a paper towel. 

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Tips For Safe Driving During Brake Failure

Driving
fast and finding that your car’s brakes have failed will be one
nightmarish situation that you would like to avoid. Although an instance
of a brake failure could happen in a short duration of time there are
several ways in which you can protect yourself and your co passenger.
Although some drivers are aware of these tips they are unable to follow
them due to the tensed situation. Hence always maintain a clam mind so
that you can successfully come out of your car after a brake failure.

1.Do not panic if you come to know that your car’s brakes have failed. . A clam mind is vital to protect your life.
2.Concentrate
on the road and drive carefully. Maintain distance with pedestrians and
other vehicles. Switch on your headlights and use the horn to notify
other road users.
3.Change the car’s gear to a lower gear as it will reduce speed.
4.Always remember to use the parking/emergency hand brake. However do not apply it suddenly. Rather use it mildly.
5.Keep on pressing on the brake pedal as the car’s speed can reduce mildly.
6.Try
to move your car out of asphalted road and move it to the side on the
mud. The mud will provide increased friction and will help reduce speed.
7.In
a completely unavoidable situation try to collide your car with another
vehicle moving in front of you only if your car has sufficient air
bags.
8.If all the above fail, you should look for a small tree or
bushes that can take the pressure of your car. Avoid hitting old and
large trees.

Prevention is always better than cure. Hence always
check your car’s brakes are working fine. Ensure there is sufficient
brake fluid. Avoid driving faster that the speed limit as you will be in
a better shape to control the car in lower speeds than in higher
speeds.

A brake failure in the car can certainly be a traumatic
experience. Following the above tips might help you reduce or avoid
injuries and damage to your car.

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Tips To Boost Your Bike’s Mileage

Fuel
prices have increased drastically in the recent days. Travelling in
bikes is also turning out to be expensive. Bikes that offer low mileage
are actually quite irritating. Bike riders are ending up wasting lots of
money on fuel alone. Here are some times that will help you improve
your bike’s mileage. Fuel saved is money saved. Bike users can improve
their bike’s mileage by taking some simple precautions.

1.Do not
push the throttle too much during the first three to five kilometres of
your journey. The engine will be still cold and will need more fuel to
deliver fuel.
2.Use the choke during the initial part of the day as
the engine will be lightly lax. The Choke will provide sufficient
lubricant to the engines parts providing a smoother performance.
3.Do
not apply brakes and change gears in a hurry. Changing gears
irregularly will hamper engine performance and reduce mileage.
4. Always maintain tyre pressure in the bike as advised by the bike manufacturers
5.Frequently
change the engine oil as advised by the manufacturer. The gap between
each engine oil change will depend upon the type of oil you use, your
driving style and the environment.
6.Turn the engine off at traffic signals. Turn it on about five seconds before the signal turns to green.
7.Get your bike regularly serviced to maintain its mileage.
8.Regularly check the fuel tank, fuel pipes along with filters to remove any unwanted impurities
9.Always
try to ride your bike in the top gear and within a speed of 40 to 60
kilometres per hour. Avoid increasing speed above 70km/h

Follow these simple steps and improve your bike’s mileage. Maintain your bike’s health by taking proper and timely care.

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Remove Car Scratches On Your Own

Car
scratches are something every car owner dreads. One needs to be very
careful to avoid getting your car from being scratched in the maddening
traffic. Just in case you are among the many car owners who have
suffered a car scratch, you need not fret about the cost of removing it.
Here are some simple and inexpensive tips to remove car scratches.

Car
scratches need to be removed as soon as possible. The longer the delay
the more difficult it becomes to remove the scratches and the cost will
increase too.

Acetone or polish thinner is one of the most cost
effective tool to remove light scratches. Gently rub the fluid on the
scratch in a circular motion. If the scratch is little deep use a
polishing compound to fill it and then apply acetone. However deeper
scratches will require other methods to remove them.

Follow the below steps to rectify deep car scratches:

1.Wash the affected region with quality car wash, and then allow it dry.

2.Make
use of shoe polish on the damage; white for dark-colored ones, and
black for red-colored cars to make the scratch stand out from the rest
of the region.

3.Use sand paper to sand around the scratch.

4. Remove all dust by using a brush.

5. fill the scratch with body compound and allow it to dry.

6.Now apply primer paint on the affected area

7.The
final step in the process is to apply a suitable touch up paint that
matches the colour of the car. Using the right kind of brush will ensure
a seamless finish.

Follow the above tips to remove car scratches
in an easy and cost effective way. Do get a professional opinion to get
better results. However if you feel your car requires special care
there are umpteen number of products available in the market that you
can use. Moreover you cannot ignore your local car mechanic who has
been handling car scratches for years.

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Tips To Avoid Distractions While Driving
One can be easily distracted by events around us. While getting
distracted is common, one needs to be careful to avoid it in certain
situations. It is a known fact that road accidents are one of the major
causes for unnatural deaths in the country. Several of these fatal
accidents are caused by drivers getting distracted. Here are some tips
that drivers can follow to avoid getting distracted while driving and
ensure a safe drive.

Do not use your mobile phone while driving. Always make or receive calls after parking your car to the side.
Do not even read or send SMS it will mean your eyes will not be on the road.
Most
women drivers distract themselves from driving by applying make-up or
combing their hair. Such activities are best done when not driving. Men
are also guilty of being conscious of their looks while driving and
getting distracted. Avoid it
Reading and writing while driving must be avoided always. One must check maps only when the car has been stopped.
Consuming food and drinks while driving is certainly very distracting. One must always concentrate on driving.
Although
listening to music is not that distracting, having high volume can be
considered dangerous. Drivers might not be able to able listen to horns
from fellow motorists. Also do not wear headphones or ear phones while
driving.
Always concentrate on the road and accommodate space for ambulances and other emergency services.
Always
use the seat belt. If children are travelling with you ensure they also
wear the seatbelt as otherwise you can be easily prone to be
distracted.
Smoking is one act that is best avoided while driving.
Lighting the cigarette, dropping ash our or in to the ash tray will
offer sufficient distractions. Further there is even a chance of a fire
in the car.
Do not try to turn towards the rear seat to pick up things while driving.
The
scenic beauty around you and beautiful advertisements and hoardings can
easily distract drivers. Always concentrate on the road.

A
distraction free drive ensures a safe journey to you as well as other
motorists. Attentive driving is a hallmark of all safe drivers.
Following road safety rules is highly critical to avoid accidents. While
all drivers expect others to drive safely, it is ideal that it begins
from ourselves. We hope that the above tips to avoid distractions while
driving will help you enjoy a safe drive.

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Tips To Follow While Driving In The Night 
Driving during the night can be both thrilling and dangerous. There are
several drivers among us who prefer to drive during the night due to
reduced traffic and also due to the chance of driving fast. However even
a small mistake can become fatal. With reduced visibility there is
every chance that you can hit something that appears in front of
suddenly.

A survey on road safety has indicated that the
possibility of an accident is three times more during the night than in
the night. For some of you who have to drive during the night here are
some tips that will help you avoid an untoward incident.

1.Do not drive fast as you cannot see to far during the night. You wont be able to respond quickly to oncoming traffic.

2.Drivers can only see the area enlightened by their car’s headlights.
Such reduced visibility means any amount of carefulness is not enough.
Be aware of your surroundings.

3.One cannot see the road clearly during the night. Having sleep eyes
will make it even more difficult. If you feel you are sleepy,it is ideal
that you take a nap rather than continue driving.

4.Drivers tend to get tired more quickly while driving in the dark.
Drivers also become lazy which increases the risk of accidents.

5.Check all headlights, rear lights, signal lights and brake lights are working properly before starting a night journey.

6.Drunken driving is dangerous at any given moment. But the possibility
of an accident increases even more during the night. Please abstain from
drinking if you have to drive.

7.Even smoking can have a harmful effect on your driving during the
night. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in the cigarette smoke can
reduce the clarity of your vision.

8.Always use the beam light if you are unable to see properly.

9.While driving in traffic during the night always maintain a safe distance between your vehicles and the one in front of you.

10.Clean the windscreens and mirrors before you start driving.

11.Do not always use the beam light during the night as drivers coming
from the opposite direction can be blinded partially due to it.

12.Always have some breaks while driving. Have a snack or a drink to keep you energised.

13.The few hours just before sunrise are considered to be most dangerous
for road accidents during the night. Be extra cautious during this
time.

Following some of this tips will definitely help you enjoy a
safe and secure drive during the night. It is better to be safe than
sorry. Safe driving is always a better option than dangerous driving 


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