These are 8 expert driving tips that might safe a new drivers life.
When you learn to drive, as easy as it is, it’s hard at the same time. There are so many things you have to pay attention to. But, there’s a few tips seasoned drivers can give to new drivers to make everyone’s drives easier.
1. Just because you can go that fast, that doesn’t mean you should go that fast.
Your speedometer goes up to 140 mph. You’re confident in your skills behind the wheel. What you probably haven’t taken into consideration are the possible scenarios that may occur when you’re driving too fast. What if a tire blows out? A child runs out in the street? A car pulls out in front of you? Being behind the wheel means being responsible for yourself and others.
2. It’s okay to miss your exit.
There’s nowhere that you have to be that can’t be late for my explaining that you missed the exit. Most exits are just a few short minutes apart and the risk of an accident happening by you shooting across multiple lanes of traffic and slamming on your brakes at the last minute, is not worth it.
3. Driving is easier on your nerves when you expect inconsiderate drivers to be in your path.
Did someone pull out in front of you without looking? Steal your parking space? These things happen. It’s not worth getting bent out of shape over.
4. Assume everyone on the road is going to do the wrong thing.
If you’ve already planned how you would react in certain scenarios, your reactions will be less hesitant and could help to avoid a serious consequence.
5. Understand physics.
If you’re getting your license at 16, you probably haven’t taken physics yet. Expert drivers will tell you that driving is really piloting a weapon that is thousands of pounds. Things in motion tend to stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force. When you get in an accident, all the energy from the movement will come to a quick, sometimes violent stop.
6. You should listen to police officers.
If you are involved in an accident, listen to what the officer is telling you to do and do it. Don’t call your parents to see if they think it’s okay. Don’t tell the officer to wait because you’re on the phone with your insurance company. Your actions may be preventing the officer from helping you.
7. Check to make sure the intersection is clear before you enter.
Double check once your light has changed to green and wait to make a turn at the stop bar to wait for the intersection to clear before moving to the road ahead in order to avoid crashes.
8. Be aware of distractions other than texting.
There’s a huge emphasis right now on not texting while driving but other distractions, like having multiple friends in the car with you, trying to apply make-up while behind the wheel and not being familiar with the layout of a vehicle’s buttons and dials can be just as distracting and hazardous.
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