As each and every car performs differently to the next, it’s important to recognise that your driving style may need to adapt when driving a different vehicle. To ensure this comes as no surprise, you should conduct a test drive in each of the various vehicles you are considering when purchasing a new vehicle. The differences may sometimes be sufficient to sway us from a particular model, or alternatively, may attract us to a certain car. Here’s what you should consider as part of a test drive.
Run Through All Your Options
Instead of settling on just the one or two cars, make a list of all the cars that interest you. That way, you can form a valid evaluation between several cars, so you are better informed before you make your decision. Also, you never quite know how fond you’ll be of a certain vehicle until you try it, plus there’s no harm in trying. Where possible, drive all the vehicles on the same day, or within a short period of time. If not, it’s easy for some bias to creep in, favouring the most recent vehicles you drove. If the vehicle will be a family car, ask your partner or other family members to come along for the test drives.
Assess the Experience
The best way to evaluate the driving experience is by putting the car through the same sort of rigour that you would on a day to day basis. That is, the areas through which you travel, including some of the same stretches of roads, or the same areas where turning manoeuvres may be required. By doing this you’ll quickly be able to assess the ride against your existing car.
Although consistency might be key in terms of the location, consider variability in the manner of your driving. That is, some cars feel more enjoyable under certain traffic conditions than others. You also don’t want to overlook the noise of the vehicle while you’re driving, or the effectiveness of certain technological features like satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, or cruise control. If you don’t have enough time to get a feel for everything, don’t rush your decision. Instead, ask for another test drive, or to borrow the vehicle for a couple days.
Consider the Standout Aspects
Every car has its distinguishable features that act as a selling point. This might include things like storage, space, interior styling, fuel efficiency, the vehicle’s body work, technology, access, layout, seat comfort, build quality and more. Since you’ll spend countless hours inside this vehicle utilising all these very qualities, you don’t want to short-change the significance of any drawbacks you may encounter.
If something stands out as a glaring omission or fault, move on and consider your next option. Establish what the necessities are, and separate these from what would be nice to have. You can make some compromises, but never do so at the expensive of the necessities.