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Driving Safety Tips For Beginners

Updated on February 27, 2017

Use caution when behind the wheel

Always follow the speed limit when driving, to help prevent wrecks and also, to keep from having to pay a traffic ticket which can be costly.
Always follow the speed limit when driving, to help prevent wrecks and also, to keep from having to pay a traffic ticket which can be costly.
It is vital to wear a seat belt while operating a vehicle to help reduce fatalities on the road. Studies have shown that they reduce the number of deaths in car related accidents.
It is vital to wear a seat belt while operating a vehicle to help reduce fatalities on the road. Studies have shown that they reduce the number of deaths in car related accidents.
Texting while driving is dangerous so, do not do it. You should keep your eyes on the road at all times if your behind the steering wheel.
Texting while driving is dangerous so, do not do it. You should keep your eyes on the road at all times if your behind the steering wheel. | Source
Use items such as driving cones in order to practice your driving skills before hitting the road.
Use items such as driving cones in order to practice your driving skills before hitting the road. | Source
Safety comes before anything else when it comes to driving an automobile.
Safety comes before anything else when it comes to driving an automobile. | Source

Getting Started

Traffic has changed over the years. It seems that we are all in a big hurry these days to get where ever we are going. For that reason, it is good to be what is called a defensive driver. This doesn't make you a bad driver, this makes you a smarter driver. There have been many near miss accidents because they were paying attention and they could avoid the accident.

Drivers too look out for are the ones who weave in and out of their lane, drivers who weave in and out of traffic, most of the time without a signal. This is certainly is not all of the drivers you should be on the look out for. You can watch someone and how they are driving to determine that you want to stay away from.

Occasionally check your automobile and make sure that the headlights and break lights are in working order. The car really needs to be running well and that makes the car last longer. My father-in-law is always telling us to watch out for the other driver. It is usually the other driver that you have to look out for.

One of the first things that you will want to do when you get into the vehicle that you will be driving, is to adjust the mirrors and the seat. You will want to make sure that you are comfortable while you are driving. Adjust everything before putting the car in reverse or drive.

Even with driver's education class in high school, nothing can really prepare you for the world until you enter. Sometimes, you will just find out things the hard way. There's no way to know if the person in the car beside you has been driving for two days, two weeks or twenty-five years.

It is important that beginner drivers are very careful. I do think that they should be limited as to the amount of passengers that they carry with them until their parents think that they are mature enough to drive with the added distractions in the car. Use a horn if necessary and always use turn signals well before a turn comes up. Give the driver behind you, a chance to stop.

I knew of a family of 4 (children) that were on their way to school and had a terrible car accident. The roads were went that morning because of a rain the day before and it was foggy as well. The 16 year old driver with her siblings 2 girls and 1 boy, pulled out in front of an 18 wheeler. She couldn't see him and he could see her because of the fog. He tail-boned her on the driver's side and she almost died. All of her family members were hurt in the accident but, she was hurt the worst. It was a very long time before she would ride in a car again. They lived only about 3 miles from the school or less.

No matter what you do please do not text on your cell phone while you are driving. Just remember that whatever you are texting, it can wait. No matter how important you think it is. It's dangerous and it can kill you or a driver that's near you. Common sense goes along way while operating vehicles.

* If you have any additional driver safety tips please share them with me in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this article.

Don't Drink and Drive

Never drink alcohol while operating a vehicle because you can seriously injure yourself or others.
Never drink alcohol while operating a vehicle because you can seriously injure yourself or others. | Source

Always Watch Your Mirrors

It is important before you leave your destination that you fasten your seat belt and adjust all of the mirrors in the car. Make sure that your seat is adjusted so that you can see out of the rear view mirror. Adjusting the mirrors on the side of the car is important as well for seeing what is on the right side and the left side of the car. The mirrors on the right and left side mirrors are important because, they will allow you to see what is in the "blind spot." The blind spot is a place towards the rear of the car on the right and left sides and it is a very small area or spot, that you can't see the car beside you. This is when you turn and physically look over your right and left shoulder to double check to make sure that nothing is beside you, before you change lanes.

Be Careful of Your Speed

When that driver that I described bounces in between lanes and is driving at least ten miles over the speed limit, a very good, very simple defensive driving tip is to simply slow down and let them go around you. This may sound like a wimpy way out of the situation but, it is by far the safest way to go. This will also keep any road rage from happening in that situation. It would keep or difuse any anger if you just let them go on ahead of you. Speeding causes thousands of deaths each and every year so be careful and stay within the speed limit. Then some of the speeding related wrecks are due to road rage or drunk driving.

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No Texting, It's Against The Law

This is not a good idea for any driver, I do not care how long you've been driving, or the excuse "well, the text isn't that long". There's a no texting movement that is being put on by the cell phone companies. This is a great idea! No texting while driving, is so important that it can not wait for you to at least pull over or better yet, just wait until you get where you are going or, at least, a stopping point. We used to just believe that talking on the phone was a bad distraction for drivers and it is but, looking down at the text on a phone completely takes your eyes off the road and your concentration is effected. It is one thing to talk on the phone, or even use blue tooth but, texting is dangerous when there are pedestrians and other motorists around.

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Great advice.

      My daughter is 18 and has been driving for 2 years. Fortunately no accidents and only one speeding ticket. But she sure slowed down after that one because she would have been suspended for 90 days if she got another one.

      Talking about mirrors, what a lot of these teenage female drivers do is hang necklaces and such from the rear-view mirror. First, it's illegal, at least in my state. Second, it obstructs your vision to some degree.

      Yeah, texting is a big problem. I keep harping on that one, and for the most part I don't think she does.

      But the point I emphasize the most and one that I think she can relate to is I tell her that if she gets in an accident that is her fault it's going to cost her $2,000 out of her own money. That's for the deductible and the increase in the insurance premium due to being surcharged for an at-fault accident.

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      denson 4 years ago

      Beginners do not understand the exact timing and speed for the need of gear shift. Never shift gear too frequently and don’t break into speed for fun. Maintain speed according to traffic and drive smartly keeping a safe side.

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      Jane Katigbak 4 years ago from Philippines

      Good advice! Although I have written a lot of driving tips before, this one gave me new information. Thanks!

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      Excellent advice for beginning drivers and not-so-new drivers as well. Pinned.

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