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7 Tips Straight From The New Driver Bible

Ah, the blessed day has finally arrived: You’ve received your driver’s license! It’s now time to hit the road and put some miles under those tires, right? Well, let’s slow down just a bit. As it turns out, driving involves just a bit more than sitting behind the wheel, moving it from left to right, and pushing on the accelerator. In fact, it’s a lot more.

Driving takes a lot of training. Its not something that comes naturally to most people. There are driving rules to obey and public laws to be followed. Doing so keeps yourself, and others, safe on the road. And safety must absolutely be your number one priority. Reckless driving can lead to disastrous results which can alter your life, which is why practicing to become the best driver you can be is so vitally important.

Now that you are scared out of your mind (okay, just more aware of your responsibility as a driver), here are seven tips straight from the New Driver Bible to transform you into the driver you should be. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be fine.

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Always Leave Early

No matter where you have to go, it is essential that you always give yourself enough time to get there. In fact, leave early. A large reason individuals get into car accidents is because they are rushing to get to a meeting or class. They are so preoccupied with their lateness that they fail to see that pedestrian step out in front of them or run a red light and collide with another vehicle. In short, they allow their tardiness to impair their judgment.

If, by chance, you are late, you just have to accept it. Live with the consequences of being late rather than speeding and cutting others off. The consequences of a car wreck will be far worse than a bit of detention or disapproving looks from others. Be smart with your driving and keeps others, and yourself, safe.

Don’t Tailgate

Do not, I repeat, do not tailgate. If you are not familiar with this term, it simply means that you are too close to the car in front of you. Again, many individuals do this when they are running late. They experience road rage, wondering why on earth the person in front of them is not speeding down the road at the rate they would like.

Keeping a safe distance between your car and the person in front of you helps you to have enough time to stop if that person does. You just never know when you might hit a bit of traffic or even a large puddle of water. You can’t read other driver’s minds, so you need to be cautious and allow for enough “breathing” room.

And finally, if you are unsure what a safe distance is, try the three second rule. Watch the vehicle pass a certain checkpoint and begin counting. If you pass that same checkpoint before three seconds have passed, slow down and increase the gap.

Always Have a Fully-Charged Cell Phone

This one shouldn’t be too difficult if you’re like most people (who practically have their cell phones stapled to their

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hands.) Keeping a fully-charged cell phone, as well as a charger, with you at all times will allow you to call someone for help should you need it. It allows you to exercise independence as a new driver while still having help nearby.

Do Not Attempt to Multitask While Driving

The key word here is “attempt.” In other words, trying to multitask simply cannot be done safely while driving. This is true for even the most skilled drivers. The fact that you are operating a large machine on wheels should be enough to call for your undivided attention, shouldn’t it? Never try to apply makeup (I’m sure you look just fine), eat food, look in the mirror, or text while driving. Doing so for even a second can alter, or even end, someone’s life. It’s simply not worth the risks involved.

Be Aware of Your Blind Spots

For new drivers, blind spots can be difficult to get used to. These are the areas around the car that you cannot see very well, or at all, while driving. This includes vehicles that are to the sides of you or the spots directly in front or behind you. For this reason, you absolutely need to check both your side mirrors and physically turn your head to check if someone is near you before making any changes in your driving. This is especially true when changing lanes on the highway or freeway.

Don’t React Drastically and Drive Defensively

This tip is a kind of “two-for-one” special. First, do not act or react drastically when driving. Stay calm and refrain from sharply turning the steering wheel when startled or nervous. Sometimes new drivers sense a threat, perhaps a pedestrian who has come into view, which leads the driver to quickly crank the steering wheel. Doing this can flip a vehicle or lead to an accident. Rather than overreact, stay calm and press gently on the brake and turn slightly, if the need does arise. And always drive defensively. Be aware of all those around you and assume they do not see you. Be “defensive” in keeping safety the main priority, rather than offensive and aggressive.

Have Insurance

And finally, make sure you have insurance. This should be pretty straight-forward and obvious advice, considering it is the law. Yet some young people choose not to get insurance, which can lead to disasters should they need it. Insurance protects you as the driver. It provides for monetary relief in the event of a wreck. Research insurances you need such as a various CTP green slips and vehicle insurance. In this way, you prove yourself responsible enough to be on the road. You protect yourself and others.

So there you have it – seven tips that will keep you safe and responsible as a new driver. Enjoy the ride!

David Glenn
David Glenn is a home improvement and auto insurance expert. He occasionally freelance writes about home security and auto insurance expertise tips.

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