If you drive a car then sometimes you must have noticed fatigue and you might have not given it attention thinking of just temporarily weakness. Problem can be with your car too! After some usage the driving may not remain the same as it is with a brand new car but you can do some bits to keep it running like “out of showroom” and most importantly save yourself from unnecessary fatigue.
When we drive the car, we have so many things to do drive car safely on road that not for a single minute we are relaxed. This lead to brain not giving you feedback of how hard your clutch pedal has become and how much pressure you are putting on brakes and accelerator. Even gear change may not be as smooth as before but since it’s a small change that we don’t notice it but it doesn’t mean its not affecting our body.
Next time when you start driving your car, take your car on a quite and lonely road where you can concentrate on the feedback your car is giving and not risk others on road while noticing all this. Drive the car with calm mind and see if you need to put more pressure on clutch pedal than you needed before or just anything that is causing discomfort. Stop and make a list of it. Next time you go to service, get those all fixed with your full satisfaction. Before you go for any major repair, it will be better to check a new model of your car. Suppose you feel that clutch is tight and your service center suggest clutch overhaul then first check a new car in showroom which will give you feel of exactly “how much” tight is your car’s clutch. If there is only slight difference then tell them to change clutch cable only and see if that brings the clutch smoothness and lightness back to normal.
Other cause of fatigue is longer drive on congested roads. Traffic means you will have to change gear frequently, use clutch also again and again, basically you will be involved in doing many task for longer time that will strain your body and mind. Avoid routes that are prone to traffic jams. Also carry some slow and soothing songs with nice tune that you should listen on low volume, it will keep you relaxed and you won’t get irritated easily.
Use AC if it’s hot outside and even if you feel you can do without it, switch it ON. We don’t feel much heat because when door glass are rolled down, we get lots of air circulation but under the seat there is no air circulation and without our knowledge its getting too much heated there.
Footwear also play important role. If you wear shoes with thicker soles, it gives less control on all the pedals operated by foot. Wear shoes with thinner soles but not too thin either. Just see which of your shoes gives best control and ease of operation as it can vary from person to person. I like wearing thin sole sandals as they give me best control and comfort while most people like proper shoes.