Defensive Driving Tips for New Drivers

 

There’s a lot to learn when you first get behind the wheel, but being a defensive driver is the most important thing to keep in mind. These tips will help you know what to do in many different situations so that you can always arrive at your destination safe and sound.

 

Never Use Your Cellphone While Driving

 

Texting while driving is almost as dangerous as drunk driving. You need to give the road your full attention. Think about it, when you look down at your phone it’s as if you’re closing your closing your eyes. Let’s say it takes you five seconds to read a text, that’s five seconds that you’re driving with your eyes closed. It’s not just a cliché, texting can wait.

 

Don’t Drive Too Close to Others

 

It’s super important to keep a safe distance between you and whoever’s in front of you. A good rule of thumb is about two car lengths. This is because you never know when someone’s going to slam on their brakes, and if that happens you will have to react very quickly otherwise you will rear end them. You can give yourself more time to think by just spacing it out. Besides, you don’t like when someone rides close behind you, so follow the golden rule.

 

Give The Right Of Way

 

You’re going to find that you often get into that awkward you go, no I’ll go situation. This is funny when on foot, but it can be dangerous when you’re in the car. When you come to an intersection and you find yourself in a scenario like this just give them the right of way. A simple wave and wait is the best practice. Not only will you get a lot of smiles, but you will prevent a lot of accidents.

 

Read Traffic Signs

 

A lot of drivers get out of the habit of reading all the signs around them. We have become more and more distracted by our GPSs, but it’s still very important to read the signs. Imagine you’re driving along and miss a one-way sign. You turn into the street and then there’s a car coming right at you, but there’s no room to avoid them. If they aren't paying attention you could wind up in a head on collision. This happens to many new drives who just follow the driver ahead of them, don’t do this. Just because someone is on the road doesn’t mean they’re the authority of the road.

 

Learn to Drive in All Conditions

 

The weather causes a ton of accidents, but if you’re well versed in driving no matter what the forecast you can avoid a lot of issues. Keep someone with you who’s experienced when you’re driving in conditions you aren’t used to. This means even at night. Driving in the dark can be more dangerous then we let on, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Staying safe on the road is the most important thing any driver can do. It gets easier the more you drive, but don’t forget that you’re doing the most statistically dangerous thing in the world. Keep these tips and more in mind every time you buckle your seat belt.

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