Passing your test and getting on the roads is a relatively long and daunting process. Not only do you have to complete a number of driving lessons (which will show you how to operate and drive a vehicle safely), but you have to carry out research of the rules of the road in order to pass your theory test.
Now, many of us think that once we’ve received our pass certificate and can legally get behind the wheel independently, our learning curve is over. But this really isn’t the case. Experienced drivers who have been on the road for years can even find themselves learning new things and improving upon their skills down the line. Remember that there is always room for improvement and that there are various ways that you can become a better driver. Here are just a few to consider for your own safety and wellbeing as well as others’ safety and wellbeing!
Know How to Deal with a Road Incident
Something that you don’t tend to learn about in your driving lessons is how to deal with a road incident – many of us won’t experience a collision of sorts during our lessons. But it is extremely important that you familiarise yourself with the protocol, as you won’t have much time to look things up in the moment if you do find yourself in an accident. The first step that you need to take is to stop your vehicle. Not only is this a moral requirement, but it is a legal one too. Ensure that you and others are safe and well. If anyone is injured or in shock, call for medical help. Then you will need to exchange details with other drivers involved for insurance purposes. When you are home safe, you might also want to contact a law firm like Emroch & Kilduff who will be able to guide you through steps towards compensation.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Vehicle
Chances are that you will purchase a different vehicle to the one you learnt to drive in. This means that you need to take the time to familiarise yourself with this new vehicle. While many features will be the same, buttons for different actions such as turning the windscreen wipers on, turning the main beams on, and turning the demister on can be in different places. It’s better to know where they are before beginning to drive.
The main key to becoming a better driver is practice. Even if you only need to use your car once a week for a particular task, try driving around a little more often. This will help you to build confidence and get used to carrying out common tasks such as parallel parking, overtaking, and reversing.
These are just a few steps that you should keep in mind at all times to improve upon yourself as a driver, even once you have passed your test!