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A Beginner’s Guide to Driving

Updated on March 1, 2017
Young drivers learn the basic
Young drivers learn the basic | Source

Whether you are young or old, driving for the first time is truly exciting and nerve-wracking altogether. You get the chance to get your own car and put the keys for a relaxing tour on the streets. However, before you finally get to this point of enjoyment, there are a lot to consider. Not everyone can just go out and drive a new car, there surely is more to it. There are driving lessons which you must consider before running excitedly over to your brand new car.

Of course, others would even try driving even before they have their license. Better be safe and remember these certain actions first. Once you turn 16, you can apply for a driving permit and learn how to drive. Then, check on different driving schools near your place. The driving instructors are going to check on this license which could let you practice driving accompanied by them. If you wish not to enroll yet, with the permit, you can learn to drive as long as you are with your parent or guardian.

Automatic or Manual Driving

It is not easy to decide which driving lessons you would want to take. This is a big leap for new drivers and learners. You might wish to learn more about the differences between the cars that you can purchase and then this will help you in making your final decision.

Young drivers sometimes find the easiest way to get their license, and pick the popular choice out of the bunch. However, it is better to understand the differences between automatic and manual driving so that you would know the proper one that suits you better.

Know the difference with Automatic Cars and Manual Cars
Know the difference with Automatic Cars and Manual Cars | Source

What’s the difference?

Let’s look into the basic features each of the manual and automatic cars have. The manual car has a clutch, brake, and accelerator. The driver is the one who has to control in changing the gears by using the clutch pedal and gear lever. While an automatic car only has a brake and accelerator. In this sense, the car is the one changing the gears for you because it does not have a clutch for you to shift.

Many young drivers prefer to take automatic driving lessons because the car makes it a lot easier to learn. The faster you learn, the faster you will meet the test standards in shorter hours of driving lessons. Unlike with people who learn manual driving, the lessons on shifting the gear could get a little confusing at times, and would prefer more hours of lessons

Pros and Cons with the License

Another major difference when choosing your driving lessons are the difference with the range of your driver’s license. For automatic driving license, you can drive automatic cars only. If you wish to drive manual cars, you have to take another test for that. While having a manual driving license would allow you to drive both automatic and manual cars. When choosing the driving schools that would accommodate you, it would be good to check on their lessons both for automatic and manual driving.

Whichever you choose, it should be guaranteed that you would receive the same quality standard from your driving instructor.

Look at Your Driving

Aside from knowing the basic differences with the cars that are available for your use, you should also check the way you drive. Even though it sounds better to take the manual driving lessons because of the license, it is not for everyone. Many people do not feel comfortable in driving manual cars. There are some difficulties with changing gears that might be difficult for your driving, especially if you have some physical disability which affects your movement in changing gears. If you find yourself in this situation, it is more advisable to take automatic driving lessons.

Then for a final consideration, if you are living in a [crowded|busy] city, owning an automatic car would be ideal. You do not want to have the [hard time|inconvenience of] changing gears so often along the streets. But if you want to own a manual car and drive one, [see to it|make sure] that you can concentrate and you can also multitask if possible. Why? This is because manual cars need your focus in controlling your car and keeping it on the track, shifting gears on the right time, and keeping an eye on road [hazards|threats].

Be a Good Student and Practice

Then remember to practice. Practice is a very helpful activity for new learners. This is the time that you are building your skills. These days, many cars are already made automatic. You might want to enroll to automatic driving lessons so that it would be easier for you to be familiar with your new car. Learning how to maneuver your car would get the trouble off your shoulders. Your driving instructors would let you know the basics of driving. They are also there to guide you in learning the rules to follow.

Then be a responsible student as well. Attend your lessons regularly so that you would not miss anything. It is difficult to start with a new habit, and more so with maintaining it. Let this be your guide in your goal to drive that car of yours.

Although you would have enough time during your driving lessons, it is still better to practice more. Even simple or short drives could make a lot of difference. You could try to ask your parents to drive them to the grocery store. This is also great because you are still accompanied by a guardian. Then have some practice as well as fun time, by asking your mom to go with you to the mall, with you driving the car.

Follow traffic rules
Follow traffic rules | Source
Be safe and look at the signs (Traffic sign in Florence)
Be safe and look at the signs (Traffic sign in Florence) | Source

Stay Safe and Focus

Finally, when it is the right time for you to take the test, do your best and apply the lessons you learned. Once you get your driver’s license, do not be a reckless driver. Still continue paying attention to the use of your safety belts, re-read and follow the rules, be wary of other people (drivers or not), and focus with your driving. These are the habits and skills that you have gained through the lessons you took, so put them in their proper uses.

Of course, another concern would be losing focus. There are a lot of distractions everywhere, and losing the control over your car might cause serious dangers to you and the people around. Put away that phone and set your eyes on the road. Aside from that, enjoy your driving experience and continue learning. Even after going to driving schools you still have to learn your own automatic driving lessons.


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