Driver Education: More than Just Learning the Road Rules

June 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

road_rules.jpgWhen it comes time to learn how to drive a car, a good driver education is an important part of becoming a fully licensed and capable driver on the roadways.

It is equally important to have equal sessions of classroom time and time behind the wheel of a vehicle to build your confidence and keep you focused and calm when you are ready to drive a vehicle.

What will you learn?

A good driver education is a combination of theory and practice behind the wheel. While it is extremely important to learn and understand the rules of the road, it is equally important to learn how to operate a vehicle safely and to practice what you have learned in sessions that are supervised by a qualified driving instructor.

Taking a driver education course will help you to be prepared for a variety of situations. You will learn how to determine what types of situations are risky and how they can be avoided. You will also learn how to deal with and avoid distractions while you are driving.

One important aspect of learning to drive is learning how to be courteous to other drivers on the roadways. Your driver education will include learning everything that you need to pass your driving test and what your financial and legal responsibilities will be when you become a fully licensed driver.

How to Identify a great Driver Education Program

It is important to choose a driver training school that fits your needs and is right for you. Always choose a quality program with experienced instructors, even if it means that you need to travel further to get to your classes. Great driver education programs have low student to teacher ratios so that each student gets the right amount of training.

All of the instructors in the program should be accredited with the right professional association. Instructors who teach driving to students should always be involved in training themselves and programs that are designed to upgrade their skills. 

Once you Pass Your Driving Test

Passing your driving test does not automatically make you ready to drive in any scenario. The best drivers are those who have the experience to back up their skills. It can take a new driver about five years to learn all of the skills that they need to drive safely.

It is important to practice often and in a variety of road and weather conditions with someone who is experienced.

Every car is different and you were probably using the driving school’s vehicle for your driver education program. Each time you get behind the wheel of a different vehicle, you will need to familiarise yourself with where everything is in that vehicle and what each thing does before you drive the car.

When you start practicing driving, it is a good idea to have a safe method of communication with the person whom you are driving with. Be sure to make a plan to keep distractions to a minimum.

When you start off with practicing, it is important to drive where there is very little traffic or none at all. Empty parking lots or side roads are great places to help you build up your confidence without having to worry about traffic or pedestrians.

Once you feel comfortable with driving in a simple environment, it is time to start practicing motorway driving, driving at night, driving in nasty weather and in heavy traffic.

Caring for Your Car – Maintenance Skills

It is very important to regularly maintain your car to ensure that it is safe and operates as you would expect. Basic car maintenance can help to prolong the life of your car and ensure that you are safe behind the wheel. You should be able to change a tyre, use jumper cables, check tire pressure and check fluid levels.

Learning good driving behaviour

It is expensive to operate a vehicle because of all of the costs associated with it. There is the cost of pestrol, tyres and insurance and regular maintenance of your vehicle. When you learn better driving behaviour, it helps to prolong the life of your vehicle and this includes observing the speed limit, braking gradually, keeping a constant speed and accelerating smoothly.

Do not do anything while you are driving that will distract you from the road. Never text while driving because each time you take your eyes off the road to look at your phone, you run the risk of leaving the roadway or colliding with another vehicle.

It does not take much for you to cross into oncoming traffic and by the time you notice your mistake, it may be too late. Never drink and drive, alcohol impairs your judgment and puts your life and the lives of others who are on the roadways at risk.

It is a good habit to check blind spots before you change lanes and ensure that you are keeping a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Driving takes a lot of concentration – as a new driver you will need to pay attention to everything around you from traffic lights to other cars on the road and the speed of your car.

Good drivers never let their emotions get the best of them. It is important to keep your cool even in the most trying of situations.

It is not worth it to get angry at other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians because it can be the cause of an accident. If you feel a situation escalating, back off or pull over until you can regain your composure.

Great driving instructors work with their students to ensure that they have a good foundation, and the skills and confidence that they need to feel comfortable driving on the road in traffic.

Once you have completed your driver education, you should be able to drive in any situation, in any weather and on any type of roadway with confidence. It is important for you to continue to search for a driving school that has instructors that are experienced and that you feel comfortable working with.

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