Driver Education. Start before you get behind The Wheel
May 25, 2015 at 8:41 PM
Driving is not about getting to a destination, but getting there safely.
This is why so much emphasis is put on driver training and ensuring that all licence holders are capable of maintaining safety on the roads. It is for this reason that drivers should start learning practical aspects of driving even before they get behind the wheel.
There are several reasons why this is necessary for all aspiring drivers. We will discuss some of these to emphasize the importance of an early start on driving lessons.
So why should you start learning the practical aspects of driving before getting behind the wheel?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Let’s first discuss the ‘how’: how do you learn practical aspects of driving without getting behind the wheel?
Well, it’s easy, probably the easiest thing during the entire driver training period. You just need to be in the company of an experienced driver, watch him/ her drive and ask questions where you need explanation.
Now to the ‘why’.
This “pre-training” will give you an edge when it’s time to actually get behind the wheel. It helps you:
- Understand the different gadgets in a car and their purpose. A car driver uses several gadgets when driving. Seeing them being used by a licenced driver on the road will help you get an idea of how they work and the purpose they serve.
- Build Confidence. By the time you are getting behind the wheel, you will already be acquainted with cars. It will not feel too awkward which is good for your confidence. The more confident you are, the less prone you are to making mistakes when you are behind the wheel
- Get an early grasp on safe driving. Learning from a qualified driver who has already had a few years’ experience will help you get the fundamentals of safe driving. You will be able to see the kind of following distance that is safe, how to turn corners, and even how to overtake in real life situations.
- Traffic codes and laws. Learning before you get behind the wheel helps you understand the different traffic codes and laws. It will help you stay out of trouble when you actually get behind the wheel. Seeing rules being observed by someone else also makes them less forgettable in the long run.
- Reduced training time on basics. Time is money. Driving lessons are charged by the hour – that’s if you choose to hire the services of a driver training professional. The less time you spend learning the basics, the better. Learning the practical aspects before you can drive will ensure that you can move on to the more advanced lessons as quickly as possible.
Most aspiring drivers assume that it is only by getting behind the wheel that they can learn how to drive. But that is not the case, learning should start much earlier.
Starting earlier will give you an upper hand when the actual lessons start. It’s like reading ahead of the teacher, only more fun.