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New Driver Tips

22 Aug Blog | Comments

Being a new driver can be a little nerve wracking. There are a ton of road rules to remember. There is also the pressure of a new responsibility. Driving is a big step towards adulthood and new drivers don’t want to mess up.

Below are a few tips to keep in mind while getting used to driving and getting more comfortable behind the wheel.

  • Blinkers – As drivers get more experienced they sometimes forget the basics to driving. One of the basic rules of driving is using your blinkers. Many drivers let themselves lose very important habits, like using blinkers. Blinkers are how we communicate to other drivers. It lets them know where we are going. The blinker is also a warning that we are about to slow our cars down to make the necessary turn. So, if someone was driving a little closer than they should be the blinker gives the driver behind them time to slow down and put some space between them and the car that is about to turn.
  • Check Mirrors – Using mirrors is imperative to keeping an eye on the road behind you. So, before you pull out of the driveway it is important to make sure the mirrors are set for you, not the last person who was in the car.
  • Increasing Speed – Normally speeding is not good. Speeding is a great way to get yourself a speeding ticket. However, in one case it is important to accelerate and is when you are getting on a highway. It is extremely important to enter the highway doing the speed limit, but as you proceed on the ramp you need to increase your speed so that when you enter the highway you are going the same speed as the rest of the traffic.
  • Blind Spot – While driving on the highway we often need to change lanes. Many accidents occur because people do not look in their blind spot before moving lanes. It is extremely important to check your blind spot for not only other cars, but also for motorcycles or other vehicles.
  • Turning Right on Red – Turning right on red can be a bit tricky. Every street light has its own set of rules. Some traffic lights allow you to turn right, after stopping, some do not. Some traffic lights have specific hours designated for when it is OK to turn right on red and when it is not OK.

Navigating the world of driving is not as easy as it looks. Most people figure it out along the way without too much trouble. Taking a few more precautions when a person is first learning to drive will help the person stay safe.

The ultimate goal is to become a defensive driver. A defensive driver is a person who worries about his or her safety and the safety of the people in their car. A defensive driver is also aware of what is going on around their car and what is coming up do that he or she is able to make any necessary adjustments.



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