Top Tips for New Drivers

Posted on Nov 9 2021 - 5:41pm by Johnny B

If you have just passed your driving test, then you will be eager to get on the road and earn that practical experience. Driving on your own can seem daunting and scary, but if you take your time and follow the rules, you shouldn’t run into any problems. 

Here are six top tips for new drivers like yourself. 

Obey road signs

Road signs and traffic lights are there for a reason, be sure to learn all of them. They keep you and other drivers, along with pedestrians, safe while on the road. That stop sign at the end of the street must be obeyed as it could lead out onto a busy junction. Easing out of junctions is much safer than going 20/30mph. Take your time and look out for those important road signs. 

Go slow 

Apparently, younger drivers are more likely to speed than older drivers. So if you have just passed then set an example to the other young drivers out there. Focus on the speed limit and do not exceed it. Speed limits are set to keep everyone on the road safe; failing to adhere to them could result in a rather expensive fine from a lovely policeman. Remember, the faster you are going, the shorter stopping distance you have. 

Look after your car

Cars can be expensive, so it’s important to look after them and keep them well-maintained. Ideally, you should have a garage or a safe place to store your car to protect it from environmental damage. If you live in an area prone to heavy hailstorms, remember that they can cause serious damage to your vehicle if it’s not protected. In such cases, a visit to our trusted auto hail damage repair center in Austin for post hailstorm repairs or a similar one in your area may be necessary. Similarly, if you live in an area with extreme hot temperatures, harsh UV rays can cause significant damage to both the car’s interiors and exteriors. To avoid this, it’s best to have proper protection in place. Consider investing in a car cover or parking your car in a sheltered area to shield your vehicle from hail, UV damage, and other environmental factors. Further, ensure that you fill your car with the right fuel and never let it run on empty. Take it for all the necessary services and checks when they are due so you can be 100% sure that your car remains roadworthy. Also, remember to regularly check your tires to make sure they are still above the legal limit.  

ALWAYS wear your seatbelt

Since 1984 it has been a requirement to use seatbelts. It is not cool to not wear your seatbelt, and you could end up through the windshield if you fail to wear one in an accident. That is the most extreme, but if you want to avoid that, then a simple click could save your life. Please also remember that as the driver, you are responsible for your passengers wearing their seat belts as well. 

No distractions

Keeping your eyes on the road at all times could save lives. Accidents happen in a split second, but they can be avoided completely by focusing all your attention on the road. No distractions mean exactly that, so no checking your phone when you have a text or changing the radio station while driving. 

Avoid substances

Don’t be stupid. It is common sense not to drive while under the influence. This includes alcohol and drugs. Anything that alters your perception or awareness should be avoided completely if you know you will be driving. If you are caught under the influence, there will be serious repercussions. This could include a jail sentence at the most extreme. 

We hope you found these helpful and you have fun with your newfound freedom. 

Plan ahead

Planning your journey can really improve things, try to drive at quieter times until you build confidence and plan your route so you know where to go to stop yourself being flustered.