How does it feel to be behind the wheel for the first time in your life? You seem to experience an adrenaline rush and want to rule the roads at once. Since you must have already passed your driving test, traffic rules are known to you. But there are still a few guidelines and tips about the car and driving your seniors can share, that will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
Know your car – Knowing your car as soon as you intend to drive it, is extremely important. Information regarding the basics of car functioning, all the controls, and care of different parts should be the priority of a good driver. For example, knowledge of clutch and gear arrangements – you should be conversant with it before you begin driving.
Be sure of sitting position – Sitting position is crucial. Incorrect seating leads to lack of comfort and control, increasing accident probability. You should sit upright keeping ourselves cupped fully in the seat with an angular position to avoid back injuries. The car seats should be in such a position that you can see around comfortably, knees need not be overstretched while applying accelerator or brakes and eyes should be at half the height of the windshield.
Avoid distractions – Distraction is a major hindrance. You should be focused on suitably adjusted mirrors and seatbelts before zooming off. The two most important things to remember always are – not to use mobile phone while driving and to avoid alcohol before driving. Besides that, eating, turning on loud music and conversations by the driver are not advisable at all.
Correct steering wheel handling – You have to decide how to hold a steering wheel in order to have maximum control over it as there is no fixed rule of holding the wheel. But the research says 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position is appropriate to have apt control over steering and car.
No over speeding – It is tempting for new drivers to enjoy speed driving once they are behind the wheel. But wise are those who adhere to speed limit and enjoy safe driving. Knowing the speed limit of the road is important too; make sure to remain in the left lane if you are not sure. Also, avoid overtaking if not required or do it from the right of any vehicle in front.
A safe distance from other vehicles – Despite having secured braking systems with ABS in our cars you need to maintain a standard distance from the vehicles ahead. This can help you to react quickly in emergencies.
Use indicators – You should understand the value of turning signals. It is important to alert other vehicles around you before taking turns by using indicators. You should not change lanes hastily and always be aware of the blind spots before making your move.
Stay calm – Don’t allow your mood to control your driving. Either you should change your plan or calm down before going for a ride.
Avoid overusing horns – Besides using horns to alert the drivers nearby, you also use them to vent your frustration on the vehicles in front of you. Unnecessary honking not only causes noise pollution but also creates more problems if the other driver gets enraged.
Ensure Safety – Wearing seatbelt as soon as you sit behind the wheel is mandatory for your safety. Also motivating your co-riders to do the same is your responsibility.
Be considerate – It is essential to be courteous and considerate towards other drivers on the road. You should not block any vehicle. Also, use the left lane if you are driving at a low speed. While driving in populated areas, think of the surrounding, slow down your vehicle, be alert regarding pedestrians and for those crossing the road.