You’ve done all your car buying research, and the next step is the most exciting one: the test drive. While it’s easy to get carried away in all the fun of test driving new cars, you shouldn’t lose your focus. There’s a lot to consider while you’re out on the road. Asking yourself the following five questions is a great place to start.

Questions to Consider During Your Test Drive

How is the acceleration?

Few things are worse than a car that lags when you put your foot on the accelerator. You want something that won’t let you down when you need it, like when you’re pulling out into the flow of traffic. Feel free to tap the gas pedal liberally on your test drive — within reason, of course.

Is the braking sufficient?

Proper stopping power is pivotal on the road. That’s why you need a car with responsive, even brakes to maintain the safety of you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road. While on your test drive, apply the brakes as firmly as you need to ensure they’re in working order.

Is the ride smooth?

No vehicle can account for all the bumps on the road or cancel all the noise outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an option that doesn’t limit your distractions. Pay attention to how comfortable the seating is. Keep an ear out for any noticeable, unwanted sounds. Chances are you’re on the road every day, so you want to keep things as relaxing as possible.

What about the handling?

A car isn’t very safe or fun to drive if the steering is stiff. Maneuverability is just as important for your enjoyment as it is for peace of mind. You never know when you’re going to have to make a quick evasive maneuver. Take plenty of turns on your test drive to make sure the car handles well.

Do you have good visibility?

Visibility levels vary vehicle type, but you should be able to see the road no matter what you drive. Your safety depends on having a clear vantage point of what’s in front of you, what’s to the side of you, and what’s behind you. During your test drive, make sure you’re aware of all your blind spots and that you’re comfortable with them.

Go for a Test Drive in Delray Beach, FL

Now that you’re a test driving pro, it’s time to pay a visit to Schumacher Lincoln of Delray. We offer a large variety of new cars for sale in Delray Beach, Florida. We also carry a selection of great pre-owned vehicles at our used car dealership. Test drive any of them today.