Becoming A Driver: What You Need Alongside The License
Congratulations on passing your driving test! Of course, this is only the first step on your journey towards being the best driver possible. You’re obviously a good driver or you wouldn’t have managed to get your license. Still, much like most things in life, mastering the art of being safe, sensible, and responsible on the road requires a lot of practice. You need experience in dealing with other people and making decisions without a licensed professional sitting in the passenger seat beside you.
Essentially, you need to know a lot more than what road signs mean and where to look in your blind spot, though those are both important things too. Being a smart driver is something you learn over time. You get a feel for the ways in which people react on the road. Of course, there are also technical things you’ll need to sort out once you’ve bought your first car. The following points should help you grasp the things you’ll need alongside your license, both mentally and physically, now that you’ve become a driver.
Getting yourself protected needs to be a priority after passing your test and getting your first car. It’s not a nice thought but the fact is that everybody on the road is prone to accidents, even if you’re a safe driver who’s always observant and looking out for possible hazardous situations. You might want to look into your options in terms of car insurance companies to ensure that you’re protected in all manner of scenarios.
Whether you’re the cause or an accident or simply a victim of one, you need to make sure you have legal protection before such an event occurs. In terms of further protection, refraining from apologizing to any other parties involved in an incident is a good idea; you don’t want to be held liable for the event in court. Driving smartly in the first place also helps avoid your part in accidents, of course, so the following points will provide tips to help with that…
Whilst you may have a license, that doesn’t mean your learning is over. As much as you may hate the idea, you could always do additional courses to help improve your driving ability (this is something that can be useful for older drivers who want to brush up on their knowledge and skills too). Defensive driving courses are a particularly good option because every driver on the road should practice cautious reactions to threatening events; reacting aggressively or offensively, even if the other driver was originally to blame, can turn a potential problem into an actual problem. Get some extra lessons in and learn how to respond to situations out of your control on the road.
A good memory of your lessons.
As mentioned throughout this article, there’s more to being a good driver than simply passing your test and knowing all the information. Nonetheless, that doesn’t rule out the importance of those tests; there was a reason why you had to take them before you could legally drive on the road. It’s important that you don’t forget this information, much as you might forget the information from a school exam after you’ve passed it.
Information about the internal workings of your car and external workings of the road is something that you need to remember for the duration of your time as a driver. Pay attention to signs, markings on the road, and whoever has the right of way at roundabouts; remember what your instructor told you about all of these things. You’re going to need to know all of these things in order to drive safely.
The biggest flaw many drivers have is a lack of awareness. Unfortunately, it’s a problem that nobody notices until something goes wrong. When you drive absent-mindedly, you’re in automatic mode; driving has become instinctual to you. The problem with this is that you might not be fully aware of things happening around you. If something unexpected happens on the road then your “automatic mode” isn’t going to help. You need to be focused on the road at all times. Don’t drive whilst tired, and don’t forget to actively observe your environment.
You’ll also want to avoid distractions. Obvious things, such as staying off your cell phone, should be obvious to you, but there’s much more to remaining focused on the road than that. Ensure that you aren’t distracted by passengers in your car talking loudly or even loud music on the radio. You can’t always stop things from happening outside your vehicle, but you can, at least, create a calm and controlled environment within your car.