Saturday, February 14, 2015
Defensive driving instructor Debbie Ding gives tips for safe driving back for Chinese New Year's reunion dinner
[Pixs of models for illustration purpose only]
"Can you give some tips for safe driving back for CNY reunion dinner?" I ask Debbie Ding (pix above), owner of Debbie School of Defensive School in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
"Start the journey early, so that means get enough sleep the night before," says Debbie, adjusting the left strap of her red bustier. "Before the journey, you should send your car to a workshop for an inspection. Ask the mechanic to check for frayed belts, worn brake pads, loose wires, level of water in radiator, engine oil and suchlike. If your tyres resemble a worn-out rubber mat, change them immediately. Prefer travelling along the highways to trunk roads. Trunk roads are notorious for accidents during festive seasons. If you are travelling with children, bring some toys, finger snacks and games to keep them occupied. Have a potty, baby wipes and a few plastic bags ready."
Shr rises from her chair goes to the coffee maker, pulls out a paper cup and starts to make coffee from the machine. "The night before, put a few damp face towels in a plastic bag and leave them in the fridge. Take them with you for the journey." She walks back to her desk and places the paper cup in front of me. "Use them to wipe your face once in a while to stay fresh and alert. Don’t drink too much water unless you don’t mind taking a leak behind a bush as rest stops beside highways will be packed with travellers. Never, never multi-task while driving such as eat, kiss, apply lipstick or use the cellular phone."
She returns to sit on her chair, leans back and crosses her legs at the knees. "When driving, observe speed limits and avoid road hypnotism on straight roads by occasionally glancing to the sides. Play some sentimental music to calm frazzled nerves. Women who love to wear heels should kick them off after getting into the car and change to flats to drive." Her red lips curl up in a grin. "Last but not least, have a strong rope ready so that you can tow your car to the nearest workshop if it breaks down."
I chuckle and lift up the paper cup to take a sip of the coffee.
"Gong Xi Fa Cai your readers and have a safe journey home. Happy driving!”