Driving is a very technical skill. So much so that it can feel like rocket science to anyone who underestimates it. But there’s a secret to making things go smoothly when you’re learning how to drive. That secret is some good old-fashioned focus. Automotive Expert Andrei Zakhareuski advises that “The first time you take control of a vehicle can be an exciting, as well as frightening experience. Although most people have already studied the rules of the road and proper driving techniques before they actually drive a car, there are still a few things to consider when you have your first experience behind the wheel.” Here are a few tips to follow when learning how to drive:
I. Read the Rules:
One of the first stops you should make when learning how to drive is a quick visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Pick up all of the guidebooks they have for new drivers/learners and take some time to study them. Not only do these guidebooks teach about the highway code, they also have advice on what it takes to pass driving tests. Even if you can’t visit the DMV in person, you can still browse their website and download the guidebooks you need online.
II. Perform Regular Multi-Point Inspections:
No matter how pristine the car you’re driving might be, it’s always advisable to inspect it for any dangerous malfunctions. Especially before boarding it to drive. Regularly confirm that all of its mechanisms are in good working order. Familiarize yourself with controls and features such as:
• Dashboard instrument panels.
• Fuel levels/battery-charge levels.
• Gear-stick positioning.
• Headlamp/Brake-light condition.
• Indicator light-switches.
• Rearview mirror positions.
• Seat belts.
• Tire Pressure.
• Window cleanliness.
• Windshield wipers/Wiper fluid levels.
III. Adjust Your Mindset:
New/learning drivers tend to be intimidated by the actual process of driving. Usually because they don’t feel confident about controlling a vehicle. But as your skills develop, it’s important to get used to the idea of being in control. Come to terms with the fact that you’re the person who’s in the driver’s seat. It’s up to you to decide where the vehicle will go, and it’s also going to be up to you to keep passengers safe by avoiding safety hazards. Don’t use the presence of a driving instructor as an emotional crutch. Build more psychological ownership of your driving abilities as you practice.
At the end of the day, if you want to be a good driver, nothing will help you more than practice, practice, practice. Not only should you practice the physical act of driving, but you should also practice following safety rules. Never board your vehicle without inspecting its roadworthiness, memorize the highway code, and pay attention to all the red tape that comes with being a licensed driver. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!