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Car tips & advice | 16.07.2014 - 16:21

New Driver? Five Tips to Help You Learn Faster and Drive Safer

With a little bit of guidance, anyone can learn how to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner.

Beginning drivers face quite the challenge. Learning to drive a car can be difficult, unless the learning process is handled with the proper care. Listed here are a few tips that will help you learn faster and drive safer.


Stay Two Car Lengths Behind The Car In Front Of You


Always leave a good amount of space between your car and the car in front of you. This provides you with enough time and space to stop your vehicle without rear ending another. A general rule of thumb is to leave two car lengths worth of space between your car and the one in front of you.


Use One Foot


Most beginning drivers are inclined to use both of their feet to operate the vehicle. It seems like it will make driving easier but this tactic is dangerous and can damage the vehicle. Drivers who try to use both feet to press the gas and brake run the risk of quickly wearing out their brakes and causing a sudden stop that can result in a rear end collision. Use only the right foot to transition from the gas pedal to the brake pedal.


Eliminate Distractions


The key to driving safely is to remain focused on the road. Don't turn on the radio or play any CDs or MP3s until you are comfortable behind the wheel and have been driving for a few months. It is critical to stay aware of your surrounding environment. Sounds can clue you in to what is happening on the road. If you turn off your radio, you'll hear car horns, the sudden braking of vehicles and the sound of pedestrians and cars in your immediate space.


Avoid Intense Conversations


When you are learning to drive, the conversation with your teacher should remain focused on the driving process. Once you obtain your license and start to drive your friends and family around, don't partake in any heavy conversations while behind the wheel. Your attention must remain squarely on the road or you'll risk the lives of your passengers.


Do Not Stop At Yield Signs


One common mistake beginning drivers make is stopping at yield signs. There is a reason why communities install yield signs at certain intersections instead of stop signs. Yield means to slowly roll your vehicle through the intersection while yielding to the vehicle that has the right of way. Only stop at a yield sign if the other vehicles entering the intersection refuse to let you proceed.


In order to pass your G1 test, road test and future defensive driving tests, you'll need to develop safe driving habits. With a little bit of guidance, anyone can learn how to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. It takes a good teacher, plenty of practice, and the will to learn. If you struggle at first, don't give up. Driving gets easier each time you get behind the wheel.


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