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Nine Significant Points You Don't Learn in Driving School


Got your driving license? Well, congratulations. You are now part of the increasing population of brave and bold individuals taking on the road today. You must be really excited to speed up and roam the city with your four-wheeled buddy, take your family to a countryside getaway, or race with your friends on wide and busy streets at night. But whether you like it or not, your license is not a guarantee that you can do all these exhilarating adventures instantly.

While the basics of manipulating an automobile, the proper uses of your signals, and the different traffic regulations are taught in the driving school, there are other significant points you should know that your driving instructor may have forgotten to emphasize. The best form of training, you may ask, is not the one done with a reliable someone, guiding you as you drive. The best form of training takes place when you're sitting alone in your car with the steering wheel in the palm of your hands.



For you to fully grasp the fun and excitement of driving, here are nine of the essential points that you may apply as a responsible, licensed driver.

1. After you got hold of your license, train again.

Since you were a beginner back then, your instructor may have taught you how to drive on wide roads with fewer cars, and possibly in perfect weather conditions. But in the real world, unfortunate circumstances have no mercy whether you're a novice or an expert driver. You will encounter events such as traffic jams, flooded streets, and crowded areas that will surely test not only your driving ability but also your patience under pressure.

So how will you train again? It is advisable to follow up your basic training with a further driving education that aims to push your limits by allowing you to drive in a more stressful environment. If you can't afford another formal training, you may drive in a more challenging area under the supervision of a driving expert that is close to you, knowing that they'll keep you in harm. If they think you are good to go, you may hit that gas pedal alone.

2. Never multitask, unless you're a superhuman

When you're in motion, your hands should belong to the steering wheel and not to your phone or even to your handy sandwich. Talk to the person at the other end of the line once you finally reach your destination. Having a conversation with someone allows you to process additional thoughts and, therefore, slows down your focus and alertness while hitting the road. Driving requires your full attention and any forms of distraction may lead you to danger. Having a hands-free car kit for your phone may help, especially when you're relying on GPS but there's nothing safer than keeping your eyes on the road.

3. Embrace the features of your car

Your car will be your long-time adventure companion so it is a must to familiarize yourself with its functions. Get to know your car by heart, its details whether big or small, interior or exterior, and learn what they can do. The little buttons in front of you for your radio, the controls for the compartment, wiper, door locks, and rear and front lights, the seat adjustment devices, and other features are all essential aspects of your car and knowing where they are placed and how to manipulate them will save you from any distress once your car starts rolling.

4. Let your car experience the bad weather

Try to drive when the sky is gray, when the road is slippery and wet, and when the gushing rainwaters force your wiper to work. This may sound nerve-wracking but getting yourself out of your comfort zone helps you improve as a driver. Driving in these kinds of circumstances lets you feel how bad weather affects the conditions of your car, causing you to adjust your driving style with regards to your speed, braking distances, and grip.

5. Mind your blind spot

The blind spot is an area of the road that your eyes cannot perceive because it is beyond your peripheral vision. Yes, you have side and rear-view mirrors but they only let you see the scenes behind you and not the huge horizon that you can't see while you're focused on looking forward. This is very critical yet it helps save lives, especially when nasty motorists try to overtake. Check your blind every time especially when you're changing lanes or turning left or right.

6. Check all your accessories before you get out there

You must have heard the famous quote, “your best friend is your worst enemy.” This also applies to your relationship with your car, your road trip buddy. Take good care of it and you will have a safe and fun ride; ignore its defects and technical errors and you might end up in trouble. It is important to check all your car's engine and accessories before you drive. Do the tires lack air? Is the brake working smoothly? Are the mirrors well-adjusted? Maintaining a car may be pricey and time-consuming but it is better to be safe than sorry.

7. Never drive when you're drunk

This is one of the most basic rules yet some hard-headed drivers still have difficulty in obeying this simple warning. If you're drunk, don't drive and if you're going to drive, don't drink. As an untainted soul, new to driving, never take the risk or you might fall to the increasing statistics of accidents due to the influence of alcohol. This rule also applies to driving when you're sleep deprived, which is a huge no-no. If you lack the mental strength to focus, you better leave driving to someone you trust or get a satisfying nap before you step on the pedal.


8. Bragging is never a good idea

Just take a look at that new, shiny, and state-of-the-art car of yours whose speed and endurance are simply amazing. Isn't it nice to impress your group of friends by driving at full speed and take over the road? Wrong. Bragging does not only hurt your image but can also hurt you and other people, literally. New drivers, especially the young and carefree ones, tend to take the risks and violate the laws for the sake of impressing somebody, and these often lead them to trouble. Be a responsible driver and be humble enough to acknowledge your capabilities and limits. If you believe that you are not confident driving at night or you're still not familiar with the features of your car, then don't drive.

9. Keep calm

When the alarm sounds of your car won't stop beeping? Keep calm. When you find yourself in the middle of a traffic jam with a faulty tire? Keep calm. When you encounter a hot-headed, less favorable driver on the road? Keep calm even more. When your mind is at ease and you maintain your grace under pressure, you are able to think clearly and solve the problem, whether it's a technical difficulty or an honest human error.

There's no doubt that driving is an exciting activity. It allows you to go to places that your feet may have failed to take you. Just keep in mind that in every privilege is the equivalent responsibility that you must acknowledge for your own and other people's sake.

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About the Author

Driving a pink car along the beach has always been a dream of Carmina Natividad. Instead of merely day dreaming, she devotes herself to writing informative blogs for Tyrepitshop (http://www.tyrepitstop.com.au/), a shop in Sydney that offers a wide range of car wheels and professional customer service.


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