Precautions for Driving Safety:

A car will not speed up sliding as expected on a downslope distance; it will keep the speed or slow down. You may even need to step on the accelerator because the engine can assist with braking. This can prevent the reduced braking effect of a high-temperature braking disc from leading to an accident in a long downslope distance. Therefore, it is normal to step on the accelerator on a downslope distance for more secure driving.
DIY Check Prior to Driving
Daily checks: Check all lights, the tyre pressure and appearance, fuel consumption, indicators on the dashboard and check for traces of dropped or leaked oil and water at parking position.

Daily Checks for a Long Journey, Especially for Long-Distance Travel:

1) “Five oils and two fluids” (engine oil/braking oil/power steering pump oil/transmission oil/gasoline and coolant fluid of the engine water tank/windshield washer fluid) and chapping and loosening of oil or water pipes inside the engine cabin.

2) Conditions of all lights, tyre pressure, visual chapping, depth of worn tyre groove, brake pedal and engine operation.
Importance of the Safety Belt
Statistical data shows that, of all possible fatal traffic accidents, about 45% of lives can be saved if safety belts are correctly used. If both safety belts and air bags can be used, this can prevent up to 60% of vehicle accident related deaths.

A huge inertial force generated in the case of a car collision or emergency braking from an accident can cause drivers and passengers to collide with steering wheels, windshields and chair backs again, easily leading to severe driver and passenger injuries, even throwing some away from their seats or car. Safety belts can bind drivers and passengers to their seats, effectively preventing drivers and passengers from a second collision in the case of an accident. Its buffering role can absorb much kinetic energy, alleviating injuries to drivers and passengers.

  • Fastening Your Belt
    If the safety belt is not fastened, the airbag won’t be as effective.

  • Frequent Checks
    Frequently check the state of the safety belts. E.g. If belt surface is smooth, the pre-fastening function, safety belt fasteners, prompt tone and warning lights can work normally. Damaged or abnormal safety belts need to be repaired at the 4S store in a timely manner.

  • For Children
    Safety belts for adults should not be used by children. Use child car seats installed.

Impact of Non-Original Parts
Generally, a car is composed of plentiful parts. These parts can be assembled onto the car only after they have been strictly inspected and tested at the factory. Poor quality parts might perform worse and affect the performance of related parts or even the whole car, which can impact driving safety. Different parts of a car have different functions, so their design requirements are different, e.g. technical specifications for size/materials/functionality/durability.

There are many non-original parts on the market. Some examples include:

  • Headlight
    A transmission shaft is designed to bear a heavy load, so materials and precision are considered and strictly tested for an original transmission shaft. Otherwise, it will fall in driving, leading to vehicle body shake, quickly damaging related parts like the wheel shafts and steering system and severely affect driving safety.

  • Transmission Shaft
    A headlight’s brightness must be taken into account. If it is too bright or dark, driving safety will be affected. Additionally, an original headlight will not age easily and is more durable compared to a non-original headlight, which can affect its brightness.

  • Brake Pad/Disc
    If a non-original brake disc cracks, it will severely affect the driving safety.

    An original brake pad is designed strictly according to the requirements of durability, brake performance, noise and environmental protection, and passes strict car match validation. Generally, a non-original brake pad cannot ensure the design and quality. Problems such as ineffective brake due to a declined thermal brake effect and abnormal system operation caused by incompatibilities between ABS and ESP system frequently occur.

  • Engine Oil and Oil Filter
    A non-original engine oil and oil filter will damage an engine due to bad viscosity coefficient and filtering effect of the engine oil. If the car owner cannot detect the problem in time, it will even lead to loss of the whole engine. This case frequently occurs.

    To maximize the driving safety, it is best to regularly maintain and repair your car at the 4S store, because a 4S store can supply original parts in time and provide professional repair and maintenance services.

  • DVD player, navigation and reversing video system
    A CD and DVD player is closely associated with the radio reception function, disc reading function, AUX/USB connection function, car door horn sound output and navigation and reversing video display function, because these functions will communicate data via a CD and DVD player. If a non-original DVD player, navigation and reversing video system are installed, it may lead to bad radio reception, noises, poor disc reading capability, unavailable AUX/USB connection and identification failure, low-quality gate horn output sound, inaccurate navigation map, no tone, blue navigation screen, bad navigation input function and automatic switching failure of the navigation and reversing video display due to the poor quality of a non-original part or data communication problems. To ensure that the sound system of your car works normally, it is recommended to use original parts.

  • ABS
    The ABS can effectively circumvent the wheel lock to ensure that the car can steer in case of emergency braking, avoiding a severe accident. When the ABS works, the brake pedal will transfer the counterforce to the driver’s feet, which is normal because the driver usually keeps stepping on the brake pedal.

    If the brake pedal is stepped on due to an emergency while driving, the pedal will quickly react and give out a vibration sound. It indicates that the anti-lock braking system is triggered to avoid slippery areas and control the car according to the direction.
Hazard of Sliding at Neutral Position
  • Automatic Transmission Car

    Do not shift gears to the neutral position while driving if you have an automatic transmission car. This can cause lack of fluid lubrication and cooling, damaging the automatic transmission It can lead to another operation safety problem, affecting the braking distance which may lead to a severe accident.

  • Manual Transmission Car

    It is recommended to avoid sliding at a neutral position while driving a manual transmission car, especially in long downslope distances. This may make an engine flame out in case of an emergency. The emergency braking distance is affected due to no engine braking, which may lead to an accident. Some drivers think that driving at a neutral position can save gasoline. However, the ECU (electronic control unit) of a car will calculate the spraying oil according to the input signals of plentiful sensors. Stepping on the clutch pedal (or neutral position) in sliding, will not stop the ECU from spraying oil but will spray oil according to the idle mode. The ECMU will cut off oil based on different working conditions in sliding at a position and stop spraying oil, so the oil consumed at a neutral position is more than oil consumed at other positions. The manual transmission car can shift to a neutral position in case of parking.

Auxiliary Braking Function of the Engine and Transmission
A car will not speed up sliding as expected on a downslope distance; it will keep the speed or slow down. You may even need to step on the accelerator because the engine can assist with braking. This can prevent the reduced braking effect of a high-temperature braking disc from leading to an accident on a long downslope distance. Therefore, it is normal to step on the accelerator on a downslope distance for more secure driving.
Instruction of Automotic Acceleration When the Adaptive Cruise Control is Enabled
After the adaptive cruise control is enabled, a car will automatically brake and keep a certain distance from the detected front car as needed. If the front car moves at a faster rate or changes to another lane, the car rate will restore to the previously set cruise rate. At this time, the car will automatically accelerate. You should stay in control of the steering wheel and operate the system if needed.