Top Tips When Learning to Drive
August 07, 2014 at 1:11 PM
Learning to drive can be exciting, scary, fun and emotional. You are learning a new skill that will give you freedom for most of your adult life.
You will be able to drive yourself and others from place to place and get to your destination safely. It is important that you spend up to one year in the learning process before you take your final driving test.
Becoming a safe driver is sensible because it will protect you and other drivers on the road, saving lives and making the roadways a safer place to be.
Here are some top tips that should assist you with your learning process:
- Starting out on a hill. If you are driving a standard vehicle with a clutch, it can be tricky to learn where the clutch “catches”. One of the best things that you can do to prevent rolling back or stalling the vehicle is to use the handbrake. Simply pull the handbrake up when you stop on a hill. As you start off and feel the clutch “catch”, then you can release the handbrake. This will save you from rolling back down a hill which is especially nerve wracking when there is someone directly behind you.
- Never follow too closely. Always leave adequate space between yourself and the car in front of you. The average is about three seconds which allows you time to stop without hitting the car directly in front of you. When you see the car that is ahead of you pass a fixed object, you should be able to count one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand before you pass that same object. One of the main aspects of learning to drive is learning to keep a reasonably safe amount of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Remove all distractions. This means no music, no devices and no conversation with friends in the car. You must focus on the road at all times and keep both hands on the steering wheel. Any type of distraction can mean an accident and this is what you want to avoid at all costs
- Practice driving on many different types of roads and highways as well as in the daytime and at night. As well, you need to practice driving in all different kinds of weather and driving conditions, where road construction is underway and traffic control is being undertaken. All of these situations help to prepare you for any situation during your lifetime of driving.
- Consider taking some driver training courses. You can start off with the basics and then move to more advanced driving training and defensive driving. Taking driving lessons with an accredited driving instructor you can reduce the amount of driving time that you need to put in before taking your road test for a full license and to remove restrictions from your current driving license. The skills that you will learn through an accredited driving instructor can provide you with lifelong confidence and safe driving skills.