Welcome to the driving world, you just bought your first car and passed the driving test. i have some driving tips for you.
1. You’ve passed! Now get more training
You may have passed your test, but only after you pull away alone for the first time you know that driving requires focus . Instructors tend to show you the ropes in the easiest possible conditions — usually on quiet back streets and in perfect weather — but you can bet that you’ll be encountering plenty of less than favorable environments the minute you set off on your own.
2. Get to know your car
So you’ve got a shiny new car. Don’t just get in and drive it. Sit in it. Turn it on. Look at the buttons. Learn what they do. Find the switches for the front and rear fog lights and learn to spot the corresponding warning lights on the instrument binnacle. Where’s the hazard light button? How do you turn off that annoying RDS radio traffic alert nonsense? These are all little things, but failure to instinctively know how to activate or deactivate one of these features in a hurry could cause you to become distracted and lead to an accident.
4. Go on a track day
Driving fast on the public road is just asking for trouble, so it’s a good idea to satisfy your lust for speed in a safe environment. Not only are track days a great Adrenalin rush, they also teach you valuable lessons on how cars handle on the limit. Trust us, your car might feel like it’s as agile and grippy as an F1 car when pottering around town, but it becomes a totally different animal when asked to respond at high speeds. Learn its limits – and yours – in a place where it’s safe.
5. Check your blind spot. Every time
Your mirrors do a good job of showing you what’s behind you, but they can’t show you what’s just outside of your peripheral vision. Your blind spot, as it’s known, is a pretty large area – big enough for bikes and cars to lurk undetected until the moment you turn right and then bang; either someone’s dead or your car’s all mangled. Do yourself and everyone else a favour – check your blind spot every time you change lane or turn right.
6. Don’t drive in someone else’s blind spot
Just because you’re smart enough to check your blind spot doesn’t mean everyone else will. The number of people who change lanes without looking properly is quite staggering, so put the onus on yourself to stay out of trouble. If you notice you’re cruising along to the right of and slightly behind another car, there’s a good chance they can’t see you. Either accelerate to pull alongside or in front of them, or drop back until you’re sure you can be seen in their mirrors.
7. Use the left lane on the motorway.
It would appear almost nobody knows this one, but the left lane on the motorway is for normal driving. The left lane on the motorway is for normal driving. All others are for overtaking.All others are for overtaking. Highway code rule 238 states: “You should drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. Return to the left-hand lane once you have overtaken all the vehicles or if you are delaying traffic behind you.”