While learning to drive is exciting, there are many things that must be learnt and remembered. By following these tips, you are able to enjoy driving while doing so safely.
Being prepared is far better than being sorry. While insurance offers some degree of protection and sound legal advice, such as that provided by Sinnamon Lawyers can be beneficial (for more information click through to this URL ), taking precautions and committing to being a safe driver will always stand you in good stead.
1. Prepare before you sit Behind the Wheel
In advance of starting any car for a driving lesson, be sure that the tyres on the vehicle have adequate tread (measuring at least 1.5mm) and are properly inflated.
Take time to ensure that your seat is adjusted and that the steering wheel is at an appropriate height to give you a clear view of the road ahead. You should feel comfortable in the driver’s seat and you should be able to easily reach the pedals with your feet.
With your supervisor, check to see that indicator and brake lights are working and make sure you know the location and correct operation of important controls, including the windscreen wipers, demister, handbrake and horn.
2. Prepare for Night-time Driving
Driving at night brings an added element of danger. Your headlights on at any times that visibility is reduced. It is not only important that you can see, but also that other drivers can see you.
In the event that a vehicle drives towards you with its lights on high-beam, it’s important to slow down until it has travelled past you.
3. Exercise Special Caution when driving in Certain Conditions
If you have cause to drive through conditions which are rainy, foggy or smoky, be sure to slow down and allow greater following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Try to avoid sudden braking, turning or accelerating as this will simultaneously reduce the risk of skidding.
Ensure that your headlights are on when driving in these conditions and turn on your air conditioning or demister to ensure that windows and your windscreen remain clear.
It’s vital that you obey all signs of road closures and do not attempt to drive on roads or streets covered in water.
4. Adapt your driving for City Conditions
When driving in the city, you need to be prepared. Know the route that you will take and ensure the stress is avoided by positioning yourself in the correct lane. Be aware of road signs, signals and road markings, including no entry and one way signs, as well as pedestrian crossings.
5. Be Particularly Watchful for Children in Suburban Areas
In suburban streets, take special care when you are driving near parked cars. When attempting to cross the road from behind parked cars, children and pedestrians can be very hard to see. Similarly, when you are driving in places where children are likely to be (such as nearby to schools and playgrounds), be especially careful.
While all drivers need to be careful, alert and cautious, it is especially important for learner drivers to be critically aware of their surroundings and traffic conditions.