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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

New Driver Tips

30 Mar Blog | Comments
Driving Cars in a Traffic Jam

Driving Cars in a Traffic Jam (Photo credit: epSos.de)

I was driving behind a car the other day that had one of those dreaded stickers on it, “Student Driver”, and I immediately wanted to pull around the car and be on my way. However, being in on a two lane road, I was “stuck” behind the car with the new driver.

So, instead of being frustrated I started thinking about when I was a new driver working on getting my driver’s license and the new driver tips that my mom, my dad, my older sister, my aunt, my uncle etc… gave me. And of course I rolled my eyes and said yeah whatever. But then I got behind the wheel by myself the first time and all I felt was pure panic. In thinking back now, below are some of the best new driver tips I got and ones that I found along the way.

New Driver Tip #1 – You must walk before you can run.

Getting your driver’s license, for any new driver, equals FREEDOM! You can now go where you want, when you want and listen to your music as loud as you want, right? Well, eventually it will mean that. But just like you had to learn how to walk before you could run, as a new driver you must learn to feel comfortable before you can do all the things you want to do. It is especially when important when it comes to being a new driver.

You may want to drive with your parents or another adult a few more times, just to make sure you feel like you have all the major points memorized like: wearing your seat belt, checking your mirrors, turning the radio down, looking behind you as you pull out,  and so on and so forth.

You may also want to plan a trip the local grocery store, by yourself. It gives you, a new driver, the chance to drive a short distance by yourself, show your parents you can help them out by running to the store, and being nervous the first few times you drive by yourself this is a great way to get more comfortable.

New Driver Tip #2 – Know the Car(s) You Drive

It might sound silly, but a new driver needs to know the basics about whatever car you are driving. You need to know which side the gas tank is on. You should know where the jack, lung wrench, and spare tire  are located (and by the way you should also know how to change a tire), you need to know how to add windshield wiper fluid, how to check the air pressure on your tires and what the air pressure should be, and also how to jump-start a battery. You should also make sure the car you are driving has jumper cables.

Knowing how the car you are driving works you will save yourself a lot of headaches down the road. The last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere and have no idea how to figure out what is wrong.

New Driver Tip – #3 – Be Prepared

If you live in a state where the weather changes a lot or you have to drive very long distances, it is a good idea to have some sort of emergency kit in your car. You should always have bottled water, a first aid kit, a charged cell phone, list of emergency numbers, a blanket, a white flag, and insurance cards.

You never know when something might happen and what you may need when something does happen. So, be smart and be prepared for anything.

Driving is a big responsibility at any age, but especially when you first get your license. Think back to when you were learning how to read. It took time and practice, lots of practice, before you were able to master it. Driving is no different. Even though you have your license does not mean you are now an expert. Take your time to, learn more and practice more. Start with short trips and work your way up to longer ones. Start without friends in the car and work your way up to one or two friends. As you are a new driver, you have lots of years ahead of you to drive, so be safe, so you can be around for all of those years.

 

 

 

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