Driving a vehicle is not difficult, when you compare it to flying an airplane or operating heavy machinery like a bulldozer or a tank. But cars can still be very dangerous when the person behind the steering wheel is reckless, careless, and inexperienced. It’s hard to explain these dangers to an excited 16-year-old, and unfortunately many new drivers have to learn the hard way about how to be a good driver. These are the driving habits that every new driver should be taught.
Fatigued driving may seem like an obvious tip, but when you’re a new driver you learn a lot of things about driving that you didn’t know before. As easily as you can fall asleep on the couch, you can fall asleep behind the wheel. New drivers often find out too late how true that is when sleep suddenly comes upon them and they’re veering off the road. Even being physically and mentally fatigued can compromise your ability to drive safely. Driving requires speedy reaction times and vigilance, so being rested and alert is always a good tip.
Driving with distractions can include all kinds of things that people do while driving, like eating, texting, putting on make-up, etc. This is something that new and experienced drivers need to remember. The chances are just higher that new drivers will attempt to do it without realizing how dangerous it is, especially since they don’t have much experience handling the road without distractions. “Keep your eyes on the road” is a common phrase that all new drivers can stand to be told repeatedly.
One of the common mistakes that new drivers make is that they speed unnecessarily. What that means is they usually end up tailgating other drivers when in stop-and-go traffic. When you maintain a safe distance you always give yourself enough time to react to other drivers who slam on brakes or have an accident. New drivers also develop bad habits of being heavy on the brakes. Not only is it bad driving for you to travel closely and be heavy on the brakes, it also presents a problem for other vehicles around you.
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