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How to get the most out of your test drive

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Test-driving a vehicle is without a doubt the most important moment in the process of buying a new car. It’s during the road test that you will be able to determine if the car is right for you. However, there are a lot of distractions when testing a vehicle on the road, and it can sometimes be difficult to concentrate.

First off, this is not your car. Due to this fact, you will be more nervous while driving, and therefore your focus will be on your environment, and less so on how the car drives. Of course, the idea is not to advise you not to drive safely, but while keeping in mind a few important things to look for during your test drive, you will be in a better position to determine whether or not the car is for you.

You have to visualize yourself driving the car everyday says a sales representative at City Mazda.

Here are three elements in particular to consider:

The driving position and comfort

Before leaving the dealership, make sure to adjust your seat, your mirrors and steering wheel. Once on the road, see if you’re comfortable with the driving position you have chosen, and if not, are you able to correct the problem? In addition, evaluate the suspension comfort and quietness. You will probably drive the car every day, so make sure that you feel comfortable!

The control layout

Also called ergonomics, the control layout is an important safety element. The controls of the air conditioning and radio are the most frequently used, and the driver must be able to easily access them in order to avoid distractions. Other commands such as for the windows, adjustments for the seats and the navigation system, if applicable, should not give you a headache because they are difficult to figure out.

Visibility

How well can you see while driving? Visibility is another important factor to consider. You should especially verify the rear and side visibility. Do some parking maneuvers to determine how well you see the objects behind you and on the side of the car. On the highway, take a glance at your blind spot to determine if this will be an issue. Few things are as stressful as poor visibility while driving, and it is during the test drive that you can avoid this type of surprise.

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