It is never too late to learn driving. In fact it is the most independent and convenient way to get around with ease. However, learning how to drive isn’t as easy and straightforward as one might think. Taking driving lessons and getting that much awaited license is the just the beginning of your life behind the wheel. You are sure to have been taught the basics by your instructor regarding your car and driving it. Well, sitting at the wheel and steering it by your self is a totally different ball game.
The foremost thing to follow while on road is safety – yours as well as others. Unfortunately though, according to statistics new and inexperienced drivers pose a very high risk of crashes and serious accidents. This is not to scare or discourage you from driving, just to make you aware of the perils you may face or pose while you are behind the wheel of your car. Now that you can legally drive it is imperative to follow a few pointers that will help you master the art of maneuvering your vehicle safely and confidently.
1. Wear your seat belt and keep your hands on the wheel at all times.
Let’s start with the basics. Simple one would think but apparently not. Seat belts prevent you and your passengers from getting injured badly in case you have an accident. Also it is advisable to make adjustments to your seat, mirrors etc before getting out of the drive way so your hands remain on the steering wheel and your eyes are on the road.
2. Turn your cell phone off and stop fidgeting with the stereo or your phone.
You need to give undivided attention to your driving while on road and cell phones can be quite a distraction. Therefore it is best that you switch them off or put them on silent mode when driving. If absolutely necessary to take a call then always stop at the side of the road. Plus do not let your focus waver because of the radio or a song you like.
3. Stay on your lane.
Remember to drive and stay in the last lane of the road while driving so you don’t block or hold traffic because of your slow speed. Plus cutting someone off may cause an accident. Change your lane or overtake when necessary by turning the indicator on and checking your rearview mirror for oncoming vehicles checking your blind spot. Always keep enough distance between you and the car in front.
4. Practice more and gain confidence.
This is essential before you start driving at night in the glare, on narrow winding roads, slippery routes during wet weather and other out of comfort zones. It is advisable to always follow speed limits and initially drive with company to gain experience on different road and weather conditions so it boosts your confidence.
5. Avoid driving when drowsy and on unknown routes.
According to statistics drowsiness is known to be a major cause of road mishaps. So ensure that you have had enough sleep before hitting the road. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar location, don’t fret. Simply slow down and stop at the side of the road, adjust your navigation system or just ask someone to guide you.
Whether a teenager or older and driving a stick shift or an automatic transmission, all new drivers should also make sure that they know their car inside out. By following these important tips you are sure to mask your inexperience and become a safe and confident driver.