Learning To Drive: Tips And Tricks

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Marie Nieves
Oct 11, 2019   •  8 views
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Knowing how to drive in today’s world is more of a necessity than it is a unique talent. You see, commute by your personal vehicle is the most convenient way and, if you can convince your coworkers to carpool or if you have a large family, also one of the most cost-effective forms of transportation. Still, for a lot of people, the very concept of learning how to drive may sound like something complex or even outright terrifying. In order to help set their minds at ease, here are a couple of tips and tricks that you might find handy.

Prepare in advance

The first thing you need to understand is the fact that you don’t actually have to wait for the lessons to start in order to learn how to drive. Anyone with a license and enough driving experience can show you the basics, however, choosing the right person for the job is not easy. Just because a friend is an excellent driver, this doesn’t mean that they have enough patience or that they can break down driving essentials. So, take your time to pick your first instructor and choose wisely.

Study theory

The next thing you need to understand is the urgency of mastering theory. It’s not just unwise but also quite dangerous for one to sit behind the wheel before they know all the rules of the road. Other than this, driving is about more than shifting gears and steering the wheel. It’s also about knowing how to change a tire or how to act in various on-road scenarios. By learning theory and practising these additional skills, you’ll become truly ready for what lies ahead.

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Find the right school

The choice of the right driving school is yet another important factor in your learning process. On the one hand, there are a plethora of options for you to go for but having too many choices may sometimes be a bad thing. Fortunately, you can turn to platforms like EzLicence and book driving lessons with an instructor that suits your needs and skill level. It can also help you make a comparison between two driving schools so much easier. Apart from the credentials and program, the price is also a factor that goes into consideration. These are just some of the factors that you have to think through.

Listen to your instructor

Having even the best of instructors really doesn’t mean much if you A) don’t trust them and B) don’t listen to them. Keep in mind that this is someone who has all the necessary experience, knowledge and credentials for the situation, as well as that this is someone who has your development as a driver in their best interest. After all, your performance will affect their own evaluation, which means that they’re intrinsically motivated to help you become the best driver possible. Therefore, when they speak, you need to take mental notes that you’ll abide by later on.

Practice in your own car

In one of the previous segments, we’ve mentioned the importance of independent practice. When doing so, it’s pivotal that you practice in your own car. You see, once you sit in a new vehicle for the first time, it might take a while for you to get accustomed to it. The problem is that if you’re a new learner, this process can take far longer than for someone who is a seasoned driver. This is why it’s a great idea that you purchase your own vehicle and start applying what you’ve learned in your driving lessons as soon as possible.

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Try to overcome your fears

The hazards of an urban commute are more than obvious, however, by being constantly in fear, you’ll drastically slow down your progress. Also, being too timid in traffic can sometimes be just as bad as being too bold and reckless. Keep in mind that while a traffic accident may happen to everyone, as long as you are calm, mindful and aren’t driving faster than you should, you have all the means to avoid it. Sure, this fear is something that you’ll overcome in time but it’s still quite hard to set out on this path.

Conclusion

As you can see, all of the above-listed tips are both intuitive and self-explanatory. Still, logical as they may be, there are a lot of people who still aren’t abiding by them. Just think of all the drivers you know and ask yourself, are they really more competent or skilled than you are? The answer to this question alone should give you all the self-confidence you need. Nonetheless, it’s never a bad idea to make some additional effort in order to make these things right.

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