First of all, diving is a privilege for anyone, but especially for those new drivers. And, with it comes to a sense of freedom for them. But, you can quickly lose that freedom by not driving safely or following the rules of the road. So, you don’t lose that new driver’s license we put together some new driver advice and general rules to help keep you on the road.
Advice for new drivers
If you are a new driver or learning to drive we don’t want you to lose this privilege. So, here is some advice to help you stay safe and keep your driver’s license.
New Drivers should Practice, Practice, Practice
Before you can get your driver’s license, you must prove you have completed the required hours of practice driving. Now, if you take a driving course like Drivers Ed your instructor will document these hours. But, if you don’t take the course you can practice with a parent and keep a log of your hours. Like, anything the more you practice the better you will get, so practice as much as possible.
Keep your hands on the wheel
Given that, to drive safely you must have control over your car. When you drive with lazy hands or both hands not on the steering wheel you diminish that control. So, it is important to keep both hands on the steering wheel. In fact, the proper positions to place your hands are either ten and two or nine and three.
All Drivers put your cell phone away
For one thing, texting and driving are illegal. Even though, using a cell phone to make a call while driving is common to see, it’s makes driving more dangerous. Because when you use your phone you do not give 100% of your attention to the road. And, the fewer distractions while driving the safer you and the people around you are.
Use your headlights
Next, use your headlights or the automatic headlight setting if your car has that feature. Besides, it makes you visible to other cars and pedestrians it’s the law to use your headlights from dusk to dawn. Also, you should always use your headlights when your windshield wipers are on.
Whether a new driver or experienced don’t drive aggressively
Consequently, aggressive driving can land you with a ticket, or worse an accident. So, don’t tailgate, speed, or zip in and out of lanes. And, if someone is tailgating you, let them pass. Do not block them from passing or slam on your brakes. As this behavior will only make your drive more dangerous. Not to mention, if you have an accident because of these actions you could share in the fault of the accident.
General rules for driving
Whether you are a new driver or experienced driver here are some basic rules of the road to keep you safe.
- Buckle-up it’s the law.
- Use the appropriate child safety seat for your young passengers.
- Pullover to the right side of the road for emergency vehicles and wait for them to pass.
- Don’t drink and drive. And, if you do drink, use a rideshare program or sober friend to get home.
- Typically, roundabouts allow for continuous moving at a slow speed. Although, as you approach a roundabout you should yield to the circulating traffic.
- You should pass on the left and drive in the right lane.
- When stopped at a stop sign always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic.
New Drivers and Speeding
Lastly, next to distracted driving, speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents with new drivers. Additionally, more drivers receive speeding tickets than any other traffic ticket. So, pay attention to the posted speed limit when you are driving.
And, driving the speed limit will help you avoid getting a speeding ticket. As well as, the increased insurance rates that follow. Alternatively, driving too slow and blocking traffic will also land you a ticket. Thus, to be safe drive within the speed limit and with the flow of traffic.
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