There is always room for improvement when it comes to honing your driving skills. The more these basic driving tips are practised, the sooner it becomes second nature to you, and you will end up being a much confident driver in no time! Whether you are an experienced driver or you have just passed your driving test, there is at least one tip to take away in this refresher’s course.
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR MIRRORS AND BLIND SPOTS WHEN DRIVING
Before driving off, ensure that the car’s mirrors are set up in the correct position. The centre mirror should have the whole of the rear window in view and the side mirrors should have the horizon in the middle of the mirror with a good view to either side of the car.
On top of that, being mindful of blind spot driving is an important part of being a defensive driver. Knowing this will help prevent you and other road users from an easily-avoidable accident. After all, no one wants to get sideswiped, really.
OBEY ALL ROAD SIGNS AND SIGNALS
Road signs and allocated speed limits zones are implemented to warn drivers of hazards, regulate traffic movement and provide useful information. Be attentive when approaching these signs because failure to comply constitutes an offence! The last thing you want is to park your car somewhere only to return to find a parking ticket or watching your car get towed away for illegal parking.
KNOW THE BEST WAY TO MERGE IN TRAFFIC
Inefficient lane merging causes traffic, road rage and accidents. Some people are aggressive lane cutters, while others politely take their place in a lane long before an exit. The best efficient solution for all of us is to stay calm and zipper merge, each one taking our turn. (It is worth a try. At the very least, when merging or when others are trying to merge, be patient but also don’t be that guy holding up a whole lane. We can work together to improve traffic for all.)
DRY YOUR BRAKES AFTER DRIVING THROUGH A PUDDLE
Even if it is the smallest of puddles, you must slow down and go through it smoothly without manoeuvring or changing speed. Driving quickly increases the risk of water getting into the ignition system and making the engine stall. To make matters worse, aquaplaning might start. That is when a car loses traction, and you lose control of it.
When passing a big puddle, don’t cut your engine or change your speed. Dry the brakes first by pressing the gas and brake pedal a few times. Friction causes heat, so water evaporates from the brake pads.
DITCH THE DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING
It is no surprise that driving is both dangerous and against the law. Even if you think you are the best multi-tasker in the world, there is no way that you can keep your concentration on more than one thing at a time. You need to make sure that all of your concentration is saved for your driving. Not only should you never talk on your phone while you are driving, but you also need to remember never to send or read text messages while you are driving.