Back to Basics: Everything a Beginner Driver Needs to Know

Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 months ago

Getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time may feel a little daunting. But at the end of the day, this is a step you can take in your life that will provide you with a whole lot of freedom. It’s more than worth the effort! Sure, public transport options can be great. But if you live in a rural area, they may be limited. Even in major cities, you’ll find that you’re stuck to a timetable and travel through the night may be limited. Plus, there’s not necessarily going to be a stop exactly where you want to go. Walking or cycling may still be involved to get to your final destination. Driving means you can get up, walk out to your car and go anywhere you like, whenever you like. You can pull up right outside and walk straight into wherever you’re going. Plus, you have storage space so can carry a whole lot of luggage, shopping or other items with you. To help ease any worries that you may have about driving, here are some of the basics that can get you started out in the right direction!


Passing Your Test


Of course, to get on the roads, you’re going to need to pass your test and get your driving licence. The first step on this journey is applying for a provisional licence. This will essentially allow you to take lessons on public roads. It’s also a great form of ID to carry on you to prove your age if you need it in other situations. Next, you will book in some driving lessons. Look around for a reliable instructor with good reviews. Sometimes, you might need to pay a little more for a better instructor. Try to strike a good balance between price and quality. Sometimes, if you buy lessons in bulk packages, your instructor will offer you a discounted price. During lessons, your driving instructor will guide you through the whole process of operating safely on the roads. They’ll teach you how to operate the vehicle you’re learning in, how to navigate the roads, what different road signs mean, how to fill the fuel tank, how to follow a sat nav, and various other skills that will turn you into a good and competent driver. When they deem you ready, they’ll get you to book in for your test. Now, this can be the nerve wracking part. But don’t worry too much. Sure, you want to pass. But it’s not the end of the world if you don’t - you can always try again. Simply make a note of any mistakes you make and improve upon them. Eventually, you’ll pass and you’ll be allowed to drive independently on public roads!


Improving Your Driving Skills


Passing your test isn’t where your learning ends. Every time you get behind the wheel of the car, you’ll improve your driving skills. If you’re feeling nervous, simply drive more rather than avoiding driving. This will give you the opportunity to practice and will help you to get used to being behind the wheel. If you make any mistakes, learn to acknowledge them. Owning up to poor behaviour on the roads is absolutely essential. This is essential in terms of legality, but also important in improving upon your skills. Ignoring mistakes can lead to bad driving habits and result in more serious incidents. Of course, if you really want to improve on your skills, there are a number of further driving courses advertised on the market that you could try out. This can see an instructor teaching you even further driving skills to hone your own driving ability. This can give you the extra confidence you need to really take to the roads. Further lessons after your test can also reduce your insurance costs, which is an extra added bonus!


Know What to Do In an Incident or Accident


Driving lessons teach you a lot. But the vast majority of learner drivers do not experience accidents or incidents in their lessons, as the instructor is able to keep an eye on your driving and take over control of the vehicle if necessary. You need to learn exactly what to do in an emergency situation on the roads. Hopefully, you never put this information to use, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and have the knowledge on board. As we are all aware, you need to stop your vehicle in the instance of any incident. Always keep this in the back of your mind, as if you find yourself in a road incident or collision of some sort, chances are you’ll be experiencing shock and may not do the right thing otherwise. Basic steps include, as we have briefly touched upon, stopping your vehicle straight away. Leaving an incident or driving away will result in legal action and you will have to find legal help from georgiaautolaw.com. When you’ve stopped, make sure to check on everyone who was involved is in the incident. If anyone is experiencing any injuries, make sure to call for medical help and assistance. If everyone is okay, make sure to take down the insurance details of anyone involved for the sake of making a claim on their insurance or your insurance, depending on who is at fault.


Getting to Know Your Vehicle


It’s likely that the car you choose upon passing your test isn’t going to be the exact same make and model as the vehicle that you learned to drive in with your instructor. There are differences between different vehicles, so it’s important that you familiarise yourself with your new vehicle when you get it. Take some time to read the manual. It’s highly likely that different switches and controls will be found in different places to your instructor’s car. So, make sure you know where the indicators are, where the air con is, where the window wash is, where different light settings are and everything else you need to know to operate the vehicle safely. Also learn what different lights on the dashboard could signify, so you know what to do should any flash up.


These are just a few basic pieces of advice that should come in useful for any beginner driver. Take them into account. They could really benefit you!


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