TOP 6 useful tips for novice drivers

Usually driving schools only go over the basics as they prepare new drivers for independent road trips. These lessons alone though, don’t necessarily help you to overcome fear or nervousness on the road. To make it easier for you to get comfortable and start driving with confidence, we have prepared here some tips for novice drivers:

Of course, if you already are an excellent driver and want to drive the best cars from all over the world, then we advise you to use the services of car rental companies. A rental car can be great if you need to make a trip to another city, or maybe you just want to experience the whole storm of emotions from luxury or sports cars such as Porsche, Bentley, or Lamborghini. Today it is very easy to hire a Lamborghini in Dubai, for example. One has only to use the websites of rental companies, where you can get all the information you need and choose a rental car just for you.

That said, let’s dive in!

Practise more often

Peace of mind only comes with experience. The more cars around, the more nervous you are (especially if they’re expensive), and the more likely you are to get into an accident. 

There is no shame in practising! Drive on an empty road, practice parking with and without side obstacles, try manoeuvring and emergency braking. Driving skills will definitely not hurt, and driving in a real situation will make you feel more confident.

Think over the route

Before starting, review the road – how you will get there, which turnings will you take, how many traffic lights and intersections are on the way, etc. Memorise the names of nearby streets and see where you can turn if you miss a turn. For the first few trips at least, this will be useful.

By doing so, you will not need to be distracted by having to navigate, constantly worrying if you took the wrong turn.

Get the newbie driving sticker

It is not something to be ashamed of. Once upon a time, even the best racers learned to drive a car and were beginners. All drivers know and understand this. Therefore, they will treat you with more patience. They will not honk, yell, or cut you off, and if you’re driving slowly, you’re less likely to annoy people because everyone will understand that you are just learning.

Don’t be nervous

The more you hurry, the more mistakes you will make on the road. You must be focused on your driving.

If you suddenly stall, don’t panic. Just breath, try to start the car again, and if it doesn’t work, then turn on the emergency lights and call for help. The main thing is to stay calm – you’ve got this.

Label your actions

Drivers around you should have a good understanding of what you are doing or about to do. Do not suddenly jump from one lane to another without indicating, do not cut off other cars and do not brake hard when you don’t need to. Be sure to use turn signals. This will help you avoid accidents, conflict situations and other problems on the road.

Try not to get distracted

Do not use your mobile phone and put it away. Using your phone while driving reduces your concentration and attention, which can lead to dire consequences and accidents. You always need to be extremely attentive to the road and focus on your driving. Loud music can also distract you. Also try to limit communication with your passengers, because with a heated conversation, for example, it is easy to get distracted.

These are just a few basic tips to remember as you learn to become a professional! Be attentive and careful on the road – and good luck!

Will Fastiggi
Will Fastiggi

Originally from England, Will is an Upper Primary Coordinator now living in Brazil. He is passionate about making the most of technology to enrich the education of students.

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