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    The right driving position
    Stay comfortable and safe

    Driving a car in a safe and comfortable way starts with the correct driving position. This will give you the best possible control over the car, and will keep you alert and protected in an emergency situation. This is how you define your best driving position:

    1. The backrest of the seat must be adjusted so that your shoulder blades are resting against the back of the seat, your lower back fits the seat and your bottom is tucked firmly into the curve of the seat. Don’t tilt your seat backwards, as this position does not support your back and may cause problems with your back when driving long distances.

    2. Adjust the seat in such a way that your thighs are supported by the seat. The seat cushion should be close to the back of your knees. Make sure that the seat is in a position where your leg is slightly bent when you press the foot pedals to the floor.

    3. In all Mitsubishi models the steering wheel can be adjusted up and down. It should be adjusted to a level where your wrists are directly over the top of the steering wheel when both arms are stretched out. Your arms should be bent when you are holding the steering wheel at the ten-to-two or quarter-to-three position. Make sure your thumbs are pointed straight up and not tucked inside the steering wheel. This will prevent dislocation of your thumbs in the event of a rear-end collision.

    4. The headrest acts as a restraint in the event of an accident. It must be adjusted so that it is centred at the base of the skull and is as close as possible to the back of your head. Adjustments to the headrest are important as the right position can prevent whiplash injuries (when the head is suddenly thrown backwards after a rear-end collision).

    Safe cornering under all circumstances

    Understeer is the condition where your car tends to make a curve bigger than the direction of the front wheels indicate as it slides over its front wheels. Oversteer is the condition where your car actually makes the curve smaller than the front wheels indicate. The back of the car slides to the front and can even skid all the way around the centre point of the car. Mitsubishi has developed various high-tech systems to prevent these situations arising.

    ASTC helps you avoid under- and oversteer situations

    The driver can correct understeer by easing up on the throttle. This will cause the car to slow down, allowing the front wheels to regain their grip. Mitsubishi drivers don't have to deal with this problem because we can fit all models with an electronic Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) system. This system automatically detects wheel slippage and responds immediately by electronically reducing power to the engine or even slowing down the wheel in question by applying a specific brake. The driver won't even notice the system intervening and can continue safely on his way.

    S-AWC technologies Max. 50 characters

    Understeering and oversteering are problems that don't really concern drivers of Mitsubishi vehicles equipped with All Wheel Control (AWC). AWC is a four-wheel dynamic control philosophy that uses the grip of all four tyres to a maximum to ensure the best possible road performance under all circumstances. Mitsubishi has developed this technique following many years competing in international rally sports at the highest level. The newest incarnation of AWC is Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC). This latest development has been incorporated in Mitsubishi's top model, the Lancer Evolution. It is no exaggeration to say that this system is unrivalled by any other in existence, and it provides the latest Evolution with the ability to build upon the already staggeringly dynamic reputation of the previous nine generations. Just like previous versions, the S-AWC can be tailored to snow, gravel or tarmac surfaces at the flick of a switch.

    - Active Centre Differential (ACD): At the heart of the S-AWC system lies an active centre differential. Unlike passive systems that react only to the detection of a loss of grip at either axle, the ACD also takes electronic information from the S-AWC system to determine the optimal torque split between the front and rear axles and then distributes it via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch.

    - Active Yaw Control (AYC): AYC remains a feature that is unique to the Lancer Evolution in terms of road vehicles and has been developed further for this tenth generation. As in previous versions, an electronically controlled rear differential takes information about longitudinal and lateral acceleration, steering angle and wheel speed and apportions torque between the rear wheels according to need. In addition, the new Lancer Evolution now has the ability to compare the 'attitude' of the car to the actions intended by the driver and, using AYC, make the necessary adjustments to ensure the driver’s wishes are carried out. In addition, the Lancer Evolution now also features an additional possibility to apply brake force to the front wheels individually when the limits of the AYC rear differential are reached and to provide even more Yaw moment to support the AYC rear differential and increase cornering capabilities.

    - Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC): Using sensors located around the car, Active Stability Control allows wheel slip at either end of the car to be detected immediately and, by strategically applying each individual brake as required, prevents any loss of control developing. Active Traction Control ensures a stable start from stand-still. This technology is so swift to react and so smooth that the driver is often unaware of its operation.

    - Sports ABS: This system uses sensors at all four wheels to prevent them from locking, even under the most extreme braking. The system has been designed to be as non-intrusive as possible and comes complete with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) that makes sure each wheel has the maximum possible braking power available at all times. In addition, the system also receives input from the steering wheel angle sensor. This means that, under ABS conditions (full brake), the brake force at the left and right can be altered by the ABS unit, to improve “turn in” capabilities when turning into a corner.

    Driving long distances

    Don’t fall asleep

    A lot of accidents happen when people drive for a long period of time and start to feel sleepy. Here you will find several tips to keep you awake and alert behind the wheel.`

    1. When driving a long-haul distance with cruise control we suggest you to switch it off now and then. Cruise control is for economic and pleasant driving, but very long distance driving can have a hypnotic effect and cruise control can worsen this effect. Cruise control’s ability to stay at the same speed could, after a while, lower your concentration. When you add variation to your driving behaviour you will stay focussed and will able to speed up or slow down at a moment’s notice when necessary.

    2. In case you are driving a long-haul distance, we suggest you not to eat to much heavy food. You will be sitting still for a maximum of two hours. Fast food in your stomach will give you a sleepy feeling. Greasy, heavy food will contribute to the desire to take a nap. It is better to eat light food such as salads and fruit during the trip to keep your head clear.

    3. Especially on long-haul distances, take sufficient rest stops. Contrary to popular belief, long distance driving demands frequent rest stops: at least once every two hours. Fatigue can overtake you quickly. Be aware of overall discomfort and aches in the muscles of your neck, arms and shoulders. This is your body telling you that it needs a break. Combine toilet and petrol breaks, stop in a service station, walk around, clear your head and get some food. If you’re really tired, take a nap. Never park in the outskirts of a rest stop; park near another car or lorry.

    4. Listen to fast, upbeat music. Unless the topic is something that excites you, talk radio can lower your alertness. Instead, listen to upbeat music, especially anything that makes you want to sing along. The Mitsubishi Rockford audio systems will provide you with a concert hall experience that will keep you alert even during the longest of journeys.

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