It's important now that you're driving the smallest car on the road! We've found driving our Smart Fortwo makes us more a more responsive driver. However, these simple driving tips may help the Smart enthusiast avoid being involved in a fender bender or wreck.They include driving your Smart in the rain, use of your headlights, driver's blind spots, proper mirror adjustments, what to do about the gawkers and more! Here are a few guidelines worth employing when driving your Smart Fortwo. It's important now that you're driving the smallest car on the road to slow down and expand your stopping distance between the cars in front of you.
They include driving your Smart in the rain, use of your headlights, driver's blind spots, proper mirror adjustments, what to do about the gawkers and more!
Here are a few guidelines worth employing when driving your Smart Fortwo.
It's important now that you're driving the smallest car on the road to slow down and expand your stopping distance between the cars in front of you.
You may be driving careful, but with the Smart's diminutive size, you need to drive defensively and the Smart requires some extra focus when tooling around town.
The rainy season is here!
Studies show that electronic stability control units can significantly reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.
Your Smart comes with electronic stability control as standard equipment, but despite these electronic goodies, the Smart's short wheelbase and small tires can cause the car to hydroplane. So you'll need to pay attention and slow down when it's raining or the road is wet!
If your Smart is equipped with an aftermarket cruise control unit, never engage it in wet driving conditions. Using cruise control in the rain can actually cause the vehicle to accelerate, if you hit standing water and your Smart may hydroplane.
We suggest you always drive with your headlights on, not only when it's raining. This makes you more visible under all conditions and is a good idea when driving any car.
Never attempt to drive your Smart through high standing water. Europeans have reported for many years this can be a huge problem.
Poorly maintained windshield wipers can hamper visibility in any car in any weather.
Some Smart cars come with rain-sensing wipers; Passion and Cabrio wipers come on automatically when enough water hits the sensor.
Smart owners report that if there is a lot of road film on the windshield, their wipers can go slow, then fast, paused, then go fast, and at speeds under 20 mph, the wipers can go very fast. So please keep this in mind.
It's important to check your Smart car's headlights from time to time, and you may consider replacing the standard headlight bulbs with a Xenon HID headlight bulb.
Proper Smart Fortwo mirror adjustment:
First, adjust the rear-view mirror to give a view directly to the rear of your car. Position it so that it covers the view straight out the rear window. Don't tilt it to one side to assist with viewing traffic to either side of your car.
Next, the driver should lean their head until it just about touches the driver-side window. Then, he/she should adjust the left side mirror so that the side of the car can just be seen.
Lastly, you should lean your head to the right toward the center of the Smart and fiddle with the right side mirror, adjusting it so you barely see the right side of your Smart. You should not be able to see the side of the car with your head entirely straight.
What to do about the gawkers?
They wave, they point, they take pictures, they give a thumbs-up, etc.
To me, that's a distraction and is dangerous. No one wants to be rude, but paying attention to the road and the cars ahead of you is more important than waving or giving a thumbs-up!
You should try to ignore gawkers as much as possible and keep your eyes on the road and let your passenger acknowledge the friendly gestures.
One of the more important issues when driving the Smart is to stay out of the other drivers' blind spots.
A blind spot occurs when your front bumper is even with the rear wheels of the vehicle in the lane next to you; by staying there, you're asking for trouble if other drivers cannot see you without turning their heads to look before changing lanes. This is the worst place you can be when driving any car.
Finally be very attentive when backing up in a Smart cabriolet; the rear view is somewhat compromised in this model. You need to have a good feel of the size of the area you're backing into.
The blind spots in your Smart cabriolet may be hard to get use to at first. Some owners purchase a magnifier for their driver-side mirror and say it is a tremendous help. You may also want to try a wide-angle magnifier on the passenger-side mirror, as well. These wide-angle magnifiers are useful on all Smarts.
Have fun and drive smart!