Learning to drive is unquestionably one of the most important steps in life. It is also, without doubt, one of the most nerve-wracking and potentially dangerous. Accidents on the road are a very real threat for experienced drivers, let alone for those just learning the basics.
How can I avoid road traffic accidents whilst taking driving lessons?
Unfortunately, there is no way of absolutely guaranteeing that you won’t suffer an accident on the road whilst learning to drive. This is because your safety is not just in your own hands. All road users have a responsibility to ensure the threat of traffic accidents is minimised.
However, there are tips you can follow to make sure that you yourself are doing everything you can to stay safe on the road. The top five tips for leaning to drive safely are:
- Get into good habits: Whether it’s indicating for three seconds before turning, slowing if you cannot see any further than five vehicles in front or coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, getting into the right habits early in your driving career will stand you in good stead going forward. Don’t rest until you have it exactly right either. Practice makes perfect and it’s important that the basics become second nature.
- Vary your environment: It’s no use mastering country lanes and quiet roads if you are simply going to fall to pieces on motorways and duel carriageways. Equally, there’s no point being able to drive fast and straight if you cannot deal with sharp bends and narrow roads. You don’t want your first time on a busy road to be without the safety net of an instructor.
- Try different conditions: Similarly, you ideally want to learn in all weathers, thus giving you experience in dealing with wind, rain, hail, snow, sunshine and whatever else nature can throw at you.
- Try different times: Driving at night is a world away from driving during the daytime. Basically, you want as few things as possible to be first time experience after passing your test.
- Relax: Everyone can see the L plates and should adjust their expectations accordingly. Those that don’t are not worth worrying about.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown