Finally getting your driver’s license is one of the most freeing experiences for a young adult. Along with those feelings of freedom and excitement, however, comes feelings of overwhelm and nervousness. Driving on your own for the first while can be a little intimidating, but if you feel well prepared for safe driving, the experience will be far more positive.
Here are our top tips.
- If you share your vehicle with another driver in your household, always check your mirrors before heading out on your way. If your side and rear-view mirrors are not in the optimal position for you, you may miss something that could lead to an accident.
- Keep the three to four second rule in mind at all times; keep enough distance between you and the car in front of you to ensure you always have at least 3-4 seconds to brake should said vehicle stop or slow down suddenly.
- The above tip only applies in good weather, though. Should there be heavy rain, use more caution and increase the distance between yourself and other drivers.
- Always be courteous by using your indicators when you wish to switch lanes or turn a corner. There is nothing more frustrating than sharing the road with a driver who refuses to do so.
- Even if the light is green, always scout the intersections before driving straight through, just in case.
- Always stay aware of your surroundings; do not automatically trust other drivers and pedestrians around you.
- Never use your phone while driving. In an emergency, pull over at the nearest spot where it is safe to do so (public and off the road) before pulling out your phone as to not be a hazard to those around you.
- Always keep a first-aid kit, as well as a basic DIY car maintenance kit (including jumper cables) in your boot for emergencies.