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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.

Experienced vs. New Drivers

26 Feb Blog | Comments

There are mainly two types of drivers: experience and new. OK there are other types also, but for the purposes of this article we are going to focus on why there are pros and cons to both types of drivers, experienced and new.

New drivers are typically teen drivers. They have just taken a Driver’s Ed course and are still pretty nervous behind the wheel. They did everything that was required of them but a new driver really can’t be a good driver until he or she gets lots more hours of driving on the roads.

The new driver does however have the advantage in that he or she just learned all the newest road rules. He/she has been taught all the rules, especially any rules have may have been updated recently. Also, due to that new driver nervousness a new driver is more likely to actually follow those rules. He/she is going to wear his/her seatbelt. He/she is going to turn their phone off and give all of their attention to the road.

On the flip side, the experienced driver has the advantage because they have been driving a while giving what is called “on the job training”. The more a person drives the more likely they are to get better at doing it. The experienced driver knows when to pull into a different lane, due to something coming up. That person is aware of what is going on around the car and what will be coming up. By knowing what is coming a driver can anticipate what he or she might need to do, like pull into a different lane.

The experienced driver has the disadvantage as well though because sometimes experienced makes people lazy. The person may not follow all the road rules like he or she should. They tend to stop using turn signals like they should. Many drivers with a lot of experience believe they are able to do it all: drive, speed, text, listen to the radio, etc…  They forget how fast things can change, in an instant. They forget that the rules are there to keep everyone safe, not just them.

The balance that every driver must find and strive to accomplish is to be a responsible, defensive driver. The defensive driver is aware of what is going on, at all times, and is prepared for what could, might happen. The responsible driver is the driver that does not text or talk on their phone. The responsible driver is a good example for anyone in the car. They wear their seat belt and keep the radio to a reasonable level.

Driving whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver requires your complete focus. Driving is a huge responsibility and many people take for granted that they will get from point A to point B with no worries or issues. Never underestimate your surroundings and respect the obstacles that are out there: construction, weather, as well as other drivers.


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