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10 Driving Tips for New Learners: Safely Learn To Drive

10 Driving Tips for New Learners Safely Learn To Drive

When one is learning how to drive, there are a lot of things that need to be kept in mind. In fact, whether a rookie or a seasoned driver, it is very important for all to be really careful when behind the steering wheel.

Below, we bring to you a list of 10 basic rules that should be kept in mind. This list is aimed towards people who are learning to drive and are fairly new at it. But along with them, it is also a reminder to all practiced drivers as well because it is usually they who tend to forget the basic ground rules and cause a ruckus on the road. Read on for the basic 'Do's and Don’ts' of driving.Get familiar with your car

Get familiar with your car

As a learner, it is important that you get familiar with your car. The various instruments that are in your car, make sure that you learn and master the buttons as well as the infotainment screens. The view that you get while driving is something that must be mastered as well.

Using your horn

Horns are probably one of the most misunderstood and misused parts of cars. There is so much that goes into the use of a horn. Here is what you must know about how you should use your horn:

1. Don’t blow it when you are at a pedestrian crossing. A horn should be used in an emergency and only then.

2. Do use your horn if there is any malfunction with your vehicle.

3. A normal horn should only be used for emergencies.

4. And also, it is important to know what your horn sound denotes.

Safety First

Before you set off for your drive, make sure that you are familiar with your car. This is because one of the main issues related to driving is being unsure of your vehicle. If you are not sure about your car's capabilities, then you are a sure shot for accidents to happen. For example, the tyres may not be properly inflated, one of the tires might be flat or even the car might have a faulty engine. These are all things that can affect your driving. Hence, make sure you do a complete check-up of the vehicle and don’t forget to take a test drive with the car in order to learn more about its characteristics.

Be a defensive driver

From time to time, one should try to drive defensively. When you are driving defensively, it means you are cautious about other drivers on the road. In fact, if you see a vehicle that is making a risky move on the road, it is highly advised for you to follow the example of the driver who is in the same situation. You should always drive defensively and not against the law. Only once you have practised driving defensively, it will become easy for you to go on offensive as well.

Do take regular breaks and regularly hydrate

It is important to always remember to drink enough water while you are driving. Make sure you get enough water before you begin to drive. In addition to this, it is also advisable for you to eat healthy and eat something light.

Drive for the conditions

Be on the alert of other drivers

Drive at a speed that is safe and is appropriate for your vehicle

Carry out a thorough inspection of your car

Turn on your indicator

Don't speed

Drive slowly and carefully

Carry out a breathalyser test before driving

Follow the speed limits

Drive defensively

Remember that just because you are driving in a bigger vehicle, doesn't give you the right to speed and overtake unnecessarily

Get a beginner's lesson

Learn the basics of driving through a private driving instructor

Wear a seat belt

Practice driving on your own

Follow the rules of the road

Don’t speed, drive slowly and well within the speed limit

Try not to drive your car on highways unless it is necessary

Learn to drive through the city streets and street lights

Park the car properly

Use your signals when driving

Be careful when overtaking another vehicle

Be careful of vehicles in front

Drive in a straight line, do not swerve to the left or right

The most important thing to remember is that the vehicle rules and regulations are the same for everyone, irrespective of the status of your driving skills. Every new learner needs to be careful and stay on the lookout for new and unfamiliar driving situations. One has to be careful as the roads can be a dangerous place especially if you are new at driving.

Obey traffic signs and signals

Only use your headlights

Seat belts are a must

It is dangerous to switch your blinkers off while you are driving

Don’t forget to honk for help

Brake if you are about to hit the vehicle in front of you

Driving conditions are slippery when the roads are wet

Before you start driving, check your tyre pressure, tyre tread and pressure and ask for a professional check up.

Always wear a seatbelt, even if it is not required by law. Always follow the speed limit

Never overtake other vehicles from the right. Do not pass from the centre

Avoid driving through roads when it is raining

Drive on the left, if you are driving on a road with only one carriageway

Make sure that you keep your car clean and neat. Driving a messy car is dangerous.

Stay in your lane

Check your mirrors frequently

Keep to speed limit

Don’t panic in a traffic jam

Park according to rules

Control your car in an emergency

In case of an emergency, reach out to a person or call emergency numbers

Avoid the cellphone while driving

Treat others like you would want to be treated yourself

Don’t ignore red lights

Hand signals

It is very important that all drivers are familiar with the basics of driving. To avoid accidents, it is better to stick to some basic principles in order to keep yourself and other motorists safe. Let's have a look at the basic pointers on driving for new drivers. In order to make the driving a bit easier for new learners, we've tried to include certain guidelines in this article. This is a set of pointers which is supposed to be very useful.

Pay attention to other drivers on the road

Stay calm and confident when driving around curves

Look at what is ahead of you, not what is behind you

Never drive with your head resting on the window frame of your car

Do not recline your seat back too much (yawning while driving is acceptable, but turning on the radio while driving is not)

Be alert in the areas surrounding your car (instead of staring at your mobile phone) 

Keep your eyes on the road at all times

Do not text while driving or take out your headphones/earphones while driving

Your phone must always be in the glove compartment or the trunk

At the same time, you must make sure that your attention is kept on the road and not on the instrument panel in the car (to the extent that you are oblivious to your surroundings)

Do not drive while talking on the phone

Never drive when tired or unwell.

Between a rock and a hard place? Slow down!

Never attempt to parallel park on the wrong side of the road.

Give the other cars a lot of space to get around and respect that they have as much right to the road as you do.

If you see a car or bike on the wrong side of the road, always stop, then look. Don’t proceed until you’re sure the vehicle is stopped.

Never ride a bike or car facing in the wrong direction on the road unless you know how to do it properly.

Don’t park on the roadside, only when there are plenty of spaces available.

When passing another car on the road, leave a clear safe space that is at least three car lengths apart. If you can’t manage this, let the other car pass.

If you want to drive over a little bump, it is probably not a bump you want to hit.

Final Words

Make sure that you get to know your car inside out. Even if you are going to be your own instructor, it is very important that you know what each one of the controls do. Now, before you move forward, make sure that you know all of the basic procedures and signals of the car.

1. Make sure that you check all of your vehicle’s lights and indicators.

2. If your vehicle’s hazard lights are on, use them properly. Don't just flip the switch and get out of the car. Make sure that you have already turned off all other lights and also used the directional indicators to check if there are any hazards around you.

3. Pay attention while you drive.

4. Avoid distractions such as checking your smartphone or checking for messages on your mobile phone.

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