Quick Tips for Learner Drivers
March 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM
In a follow to a previous post full of tips for learner drivers, I have come up with a few more!
If you are a learner driver it can be challenging to understand and learn the rules of the road and to drive your vehicle safely. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads:
Always stay within posted speed limits. These speed limits are usually set up for a specific reason and are designed to suit the area. For example, speed signs are posted in school zones, usually of 40 kph or less so that drivers will slow down to allow for the possibility of school children crossing the road.
If weather conditions change, you should adjust your speed too. Frost on the road in the morning can make for a slippery surface and new rain on roads that has not seen rain in many months can be equally slippery, due to the mobilisation of oil deposits on the road surface.
Pay attention to the road. This means no texting and no talking on the phone and no digging around in your vehicle searching for something that fell on the floor. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, no exceptions.
Texting and other types of distracted driving are a major cause of many serious accidents and deaths each and every year. It’s illegal to txt and call while driving.
Never drink and drive. Alcohol, even in small amounts, clouds the judgment and can lead to dangerous driving and fatal crashes.
Do not become another statistic and make it a habit to drive sober, free of drugs and of alcohol. Forget about legal limits: one drink before getting behind the wheel is one drink too many and you are not only putting your own life at risk but also the life of other people who are on the road at the same time as you.
Be prepared for any type of emergency. Keep some emergency supplies in the boot of your car, including flares, a blanket, a flashlight, jumper cables and water.
You never know when you might become stranded on the side of the road and emergency supplies can help you out if you are caught out.
Keep your car in good running condition including having regular maintenance performed on it. Have your car serviced regularly and of course have a current WOF. Invest in a good set of tyres for your vehicle and keep them inflated to the correct pressure.
When you get behind the wheel of a car, you are dealing with a large machine that can do a lot of damage to property, other vehicles and to pedestrians.
It does not take much to be a careful and conscientious driver.
Take the time to get to know your vehicle and how to operate it in a safe and responsible way at all times.