Driving can be a challenge for those who have never driven a car in their lives. Although it seems to be something natural and in a matter of hours they learn it, others need much more practice, and all must go through a driving school and take the exam to obtain a driving license.
When we start out as apprentice drivers, it is common that coordinating our feet between clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals costs us too much. Who didn't have their engine cut off when they tried to stop at a traffic light, shift gears and try to get back on track?
But there are also experienced drivers who have internalized some bad practices when using the pedals. Anyway, knowing how to drive a mechanical car requires constant training, knowledge of the rules that govern vehicle traffic, and taking into account specific tips aimed at improving the experience and performance at the wheel.
There are driving schools to learn how to drive today. To get the license, you must have the certificate of these institutions.
All new drivers must take the course to get the pass. In my time, someone in the family fulfilled this task, and to this, I attribute the problem that exists today on the roads.
Tips you should follow:
Basic traffic rules
The most important thing about traffic rules is not to learn the traffic signs but to respect them. At least be clear about the following:
- Respect the traffic lights, the stop sign.
- Yield the right-of-way.
- Double lane, forbidden to park, respect the road we are traveling on, and avoid invading the other streets or traveling in the middle of two routes.
Start gently and then repeat
Practicing with the engine off is how it starts, but it has no comparison with the real-life scenarios you will face on the road. You will have to practice driving. It is not possible to learn if you do not do what you want to learn. But at the same time, you have to be careful and go slow to avoid any accident.
Choose well your teacher and the vehicle to use
When sitting in front of the handlebars for the first time, the person who teaches us will have an important role. Therefore, it must be someone with patience and who does not get upset quickly. Parents are often not a good choice, especially if they are overly squeamish or controlling.
Not everyone can or wants to pay for a driving school, despite being the best alternative since they have specialist teachers to help even the shyest or scared person learn to drive, so it is worth spending a few pesos and ensuring the best possible experience.
If you do not want to drive to school, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your driving teacher. Remember that if you will receive several lessons, so you must have enough time to receive them.
It is not less important to think about the car where you are going to learn how to drive. If you are starting it is better if you avoid complex vehicles like cars with a more complicated gear system or trucks.
Don't be overwhelmed.
Learning something new can be unnerving. There are many things to remember, and when applying them, you may be confused. As a result, mistakes are possible. The same thing happens when you drive a car for the first time. To overcome this situation, take your driving easy. Do not overthink. Just focus on your work. You will need to remember the meaning of turn signals and various traffic signals. When you focus on your driving task, you will start driving very successfully!
Keep your distance on the road.
While learning to drive, it is best to keep a safe distance from other drivers. This will allow you to maneuver with greater freedom before any obstacle without causing damage or damage to the rest of the people on the road.
Using your rear-view mirrors when learning to drive a car is fundamental. If you want to learn to drive a real car, you must remember that it is just as important to look straight ahead as it is to look back. That is why cars have several mirrors: two sides and one central. When you are going to drive, you must regulate them properly. The sides should be placed in such a way that the horizon is approximately in the middle of it and pointing in such a way that you stop seeing the side of your car. If you know the door of your vehicle, they are more put. Through the central rear-view mirror, you have to see everything behind it perfectly through the rear window. If it is small enough, you will see the four corners of it.
This could seem obvious but many people ignore how important it is to be focused on the road. It requires common sense; we need to have our five senses with the whole attention to this activity. More than what we think, every day there are several accidents for lack of attention. It is vital that you identify distractions to avoid them. Do not use any entertainment device. You will have time to use different devices at another moment but driving demands that you focus on it. The browser should be programmed while stopped or before starting the trip. It is even preferable to avoid depending on the type of conversation, even if it is hands-free.
We neither drive a Formula 1 nor are we on the couch at home. Many driving problems begin with a poor position at the wheel, with the seat too close to or too far from the pedals, and the backrest positioned incorrectly relative to the steering wheel.
You have to find the exact distance that allows you to step on the pedals by slightly flexing your knee and without having to move your hips to access them because they are far away; As for the backrest, the approximate distance is marked by the wrist of either of the arms, which should be placed naturally on the upper part of the steering wheel rim (which should also be in a comfortable position).
The height of the bench, if adjustable in this parameter, should be as low as possible without compromising visibility since the lower location of the weight always benefits the dynamic behavior of the vehicles.
We hope that you find these tips useful if you are learning how to drive. But If you are an excellent driver, and you want to become a volunteer at Nutmeg Senior Rides, you can read about it here. It is the right moment to start volunteering and enjoy its benefits.