5 Mistakes A New Driver Should Avoid
As we've all heard throughout our lives from driving instructors, parents, and teachers, driving is a privilege and not a right. It's a difficult task that requires a lot of concentration and skill. Driver training with RightLane gives you the skills you need to get on the road and do so safely. During training, and even after you've graduated there are some habits that may creep into your driving routine that can cause trouble if you're not careful. Here are five mistakes that new drivers should avoid.
Not Paying Attention
While driving a car, one can find themselves drifting into their own world. Bad things can happen when you're not paying attention to the road ahead, whether it's other drivers, animals crossing, or debris from bad weather. If your attention is merely on the road ahead, you're putting yourself and your passengers at risk.
Windows and Mirrors
Before you go anywhere, get in the habit of checking your mirrors, and cleaning your windows. Vision is one of the more important senses you need when driving, and by not adjusting mirrors and cleaning windows, you're putting yourself at a disadvantage before you ever turn the key.
Accelerating and Braking Too Fast
When you're learning to drive, you may find yourself a bit heavy on the pedals. A quick shot of gas or coming down too hard on the brakes can make an uncomfortable and jerky ride. Take time to get used to easing on and off of your brakes and gas; not only will this give you a more enjoyable ride, but it will also help prolong the life of your vehicle, especially your brakes and tires.
As we mentioned before, driving is a difficult task that requires a lot of concentration and skill. Being able to monitor everything happening in your vehicle, as well as paying attention to other drivers can cause you to be so focused that you don't notice your speed. Whether that means you're driving too slow, or too fast, it's very important to watch your speed while driving to ensure that you keep you and your fellow motorists safe.
Driving gives a certain feeling. A feeling of freedom, exhilaration, and excitement. It pays to be careful of those feelings though, as they can sometimes bring us into unsafe territory. Speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence are all dangerous things that can cause irreparable harm. Do NOT get into these habits.
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