Congratulations! After months of hard work, you’ve ultimately passed your driving test! Now, with that freshly printed license in your hand, you must be on sky 9. Your excitement is obvious but often this enthusiasm turns into nervousness the moment you’re actually behind the wheel.
The first time you take control of a vehicle is an exciting, as well as chilling experience. This is because till now you were driving under the guidance and supervision of your instructor. But now, you have to face all the real-life driving challenges on your own. If you’ve taken a comprehensive drivers education course, you must be aware of all the driving and road rules. However, sometimes despite practicing all the driving techniques, first-time drivers get nervous to hit the open road on their own. So, to help you overcome that fear of solo driving, we’ve come up with some pro tips. By simply following these tips and avoiding some common mistakes, you can have an amazing first experience behind the wheel.
- Get to Know the Vehicle You’re Driving
The first thing a novice driver is supposed to do is to get familiar with the functions of the car. You need to adjust the vehicle and make sure you’re comfortable in the seat before starting the car. Properly adjust all the mirrors and height of the driver’s seat.
- Now, Calm Down!
If you’ve taken proper driving training, you must know all the driving techniques and rules. You’re nervousness simply because you’re over thinking the situation. You may feel overwhelmed because driving requires multitasking. A driver is supposed to remember all the road safety rules, pay attention to all the road signs, as well as concentrate on the task at hand. But don’t panic, just sit down and calm your nerves before speeding your car. Also, get rid of all the distractions, such as your mobile phone so that you can focus on driving only.
- Drive at Your Own Pace
As a first-time driver, you don’t need to compete with other experienced drivers on the road. In fact, before you hit the main road, begin practicing in a parking lot or a nearby less crowded street. Once you gain confidence, you can head towards busier roads. Remember, you’ll find some annoying drivers on the road. But don’t get under the pressure of honks and other drivers speeding past you. Don’t pay attention to what others are thinking and always consider your safety first.
- Leave Sufficient Space
According to reports, the most common type of traffic accidents is rear-end collisions. This happens because drivers don’t leave enough space behind the car in front of them. You can easily avoid this blunder by leaving at least a three-second gap between your vehicle and the one you’re following. Ideally, for every 10mph over 50mph, add one second and add another second for inclement weather conditions.
- Speed is Not for Novice Drivers
Your excitement is obvious but you can’t put your safety at risk. New drivers, especially youngsters love taking risks and speed gives them a thrill. But this often leads to fatal accidents and car crashes. This is because, during the early stage of driving, drivers lack the knowledge of how long it will take to stop a vehicle in panic situations. And this results in a failure to stop the car in time.