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- If you’ve been struggling to keep your eyes off of the phone while you drive, put it in your trunk. That way, you won’t be tempted while you’re driving.
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17. Familiarize Yourself with Car Parts
You should learn about the parts in a car and how they work to make it easier for you to operate a car safely. Attending a driving school will help make sure that you operate all of them correctly. You should also learn about the various parts and how to operate each one correctly. Some drivers have been known to make mistakes when it comes to operating car parts like the airbag. You should make sure that you are familiarized with all of them.
#14 Stop Worrying About What Other Drivers Think
As long as you believe you are driving safely, it doesn’t really matter what some other stranger on the road thinks about you. Say, for example, you’re doing the speed limit on a two-lane country road and some jerk behind you is tailgating and flashing his lights. Do you worry about it? You shouldn’t. Even if you sped up, that same driver would probably still be tailgating. And in the end, do you really care what some stranger thinks about your driving? Ask yourself, “what is that person’s name?” If you don’t know, there’s really no reason to worry about it. If you do know, you can yell at them for tailgating you later! But for now, just keep driving safe.
#4 Speed Following Distance Are Equally As Important
The experts agree that speed is the #1 reason for fatal accidents, but improper following distance is also one of the main causes of major accidents. If everyone is traveling 60mph but they have 20 seconds of space between each other, it could be argued that they are safer than cars traveling at 40mph and 1 second away from each other. Always keep a safe following distance, especially during adverse weather conditions.
When it gets dark, you must use your headlights – that much is obvious.
But all too often we see drivers seemingly unaware that their daytime running lights (DRLs) aren’t suitable for use after dusk.
If nothing else, driving with DRLs won’t mean that your rear lights are illuminated.
Read more about DRLs on our guide to daytime running lights page.
Take care in fog. The Highway Code states that you must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres – roughly the length of a football pitch.
Use your rear fog lights (and front fog lights, if fitted), but remember to switch them off when conditions improve.
For more fog advice read our advice for driving in fog: when should you use your fog lights page.
Match your speed to the traffic around you, or get out of the way
If you have to (or want to) drive slower than vehicles around you, stay on the left and let people overtake – make it as easy as possible for them to overtake. Matching your speed also comes into play when you are entering a motorway because you don’t want to interrupt the speed of the other vehicles already on the motorway. This means getting up-to-speed while you’re on the on-ramp, and not trying to get on the motorway at 60km/h when everyone else is doing 100.
Focus on the art of progressive braking – start slight, increase with pressure and finish light.
This allows other motorists to react to your actions and is much safer than constant braking.
You’ll also find it puts less wear and tear on your brakes and tyres, while having the added bonus of saving fuel.
Take care when entering a bend: lower your speed before you enter a corner and accelerate slowly once out the other side.
Braking mid-bend could put your car out of balance, leading to a loss of control.
When you’re tired, your reactions are slower. Eventually, parts of your brain shut down and you have a microsleep while you are driving! The next stage is falling asleep properly and then you’re at risk of having a head-on collision. In any case, when the driver falls asleep, they don’t usually brake before they hit something, so that means a full speed crash.
If you feel really tired, stop in a safe place and have a 20-minute nap
Driving is a skill that requires a lot of practice. You will no doubt learn more and more with time. You will develop your driving skills and become a better driver as you continue to practice driving. With these tips, you should find it easier and more enjoyable when on the roads.
If you need to learn or refresh your driving skills, feel free to contact our Alberta transportation licensed expert trainers. We at arrow driving school are always ready and committed to helping you acquire professional driving skills.