You might have passed the trials for your driver’s license, and finally graduated from the days of driving with an ‘L’ plate. But stop right there – it is yet too soon to believe that you are an experienced driver at this point. In fact, there is still a lot for you to learn. Below are some of the biggest mistakes new drivers tend to make once they do not have an instructor in their passenger seat anymore:
- Pressing the gas pedal a bit too hard – the driving instructor Werribee might have constantly alerted you to higher speeds. Driving slowly has many advantages, and for people who are starting out, it can easily prevent many accidents due to the fact that beginners tend to have slower reflexes. Once you graduate from driving school, you might have a feeling that you can now accelerate a bit more, but do not make that mistake. Keep on driving in third gear for some time, until you are perfectly sure of your reflexes and your capabilities to drive at higher speeds. And also, always remember to slow down at turns and every other occasion that warrants deceleration.
- Being too focused on what is right in front of you – the fact that there may not be anyone with you in the vehicle can easily rattle your nerves. After months of driving lessons Carlton, where an instructor always faithfully pointed out every issue on the road, you might feel like you need to concentrate on what is in front of you. However, too much focus on the road right in front may lead to some sort of tunnel vision – and in locations with junctions or the like, this can become problematic, because you will have more than the road in front of you to watch out for. Always maintain a relaxed but attentive awareness of all that is going on around you.
- Using your mobile phone – the fact that the law prohibits cell phone usage whilst driving is often not enough of a deterrent to prevent people from using their phones while driving. As a new driver, using the phone can be much more problematic, because you lack the experience to handle sudden changes on the roads. Whilst it would be ideal if everyone did not use their phone whilst driving – regardless of experience – it is in your best interests if you do not use your phone.
- Forgetting maintenance – as a new driver, there is one more mistake you are prone to make, and that is forgetting about vehicle maintenance! As you have been taught, it is important to take a look at the engine of your vehicle before you head out on the road, and also to take your vehicle to a garage for regular check-ups.