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Top 10 driving mistakes and how to avoid them

Updated on October 29, 2015

Driving Ergonomics Error: Many beginners raise the seat as much as possible up and set it back upright. They believed that this adjustment will allow them to see ahead and to control the situation at the front bumper. Furthermore, according to the novices, they will have a better sense of the size of the vehicle.

The essence of error: This landing can be uncomfortable and can cause accidents due to fatigue

Correction: The seat should be adjusted so that when the clutch leg is depressed, the leg is straightened. Many people get knee pain due to un-straightened leg. Hands should be placed in the upper steering sector (respectively ten and two o'clock) and be slightly bent at the elbows. The hands should not cross each other when turning the steering wheel. To see the edge of the hood is often not possible and not necessary as well. On the contrary, it is important to make a sense of the size of the car without reference to the external parts of the body, which can be achieved with the help of special exercises and trainings.

Steering Wheel Error: At interceptions, the steering wheel has to be turned to the right degree and both hands have to move synchronously.

The essence of error: If the wheel gets to any irregularity, the wheel could slip out of hands, and the car would lost control. To turn 90 degrees, even at a speed of 30 km / h, with small interceptions steering is almost impossible.

Correction: The optimal placement of the hands on the steering wheel - in the upper area of the steering wheel, which corresponds to ten and two o'clock is very important.The steering wheel have to be kept steady with both hands and while turning the steering wheel , the arms should never be intercepted or crossed

Accelerates Error: At idle (800 rpm), you depressed the clutch (may be before starting up), then completely let go and pressed the gas.

The essence of error: In this case, the vehicle may get a sharp jerk or the car just stops and stale.

Solution: It is necessary to immediately learn the right way in the first place. First, you must bring the engine to 1200-1500 rpm by pressing the accelerator pedal and let the engine make a pleasing sound to the ear, not too loud. and then slowly release the clutch simultaneously adding gas by keeping same or more pressure on the gas pedal. It is better to work this method in a car where you the see the engine revolution (RPM), otherwise, make it a habit to listen to the engine sound. It should be not too loud or quiet and of course pleasing to the ear.

Clutch Error: When the clutch is depressed, you accelerate to RPM higher than 1500 by making a loud engine sound. You continue to accelerate but afraid of releasing the clutch when the car starts moving slowly.

The essence of error: In this case, it is likely to burn the clutch. This technique is sometimes justified in the subcompact, which enough power is developed only at high speeds. But in most modern cars, this method is unacceptable.

Solution: We need to act, in the case of error 3. Slowly release the clutch and at the same time accelerate. Remember, the car should make a pleasing sound. The thumb rule is when you release the clutch, press the accelerator by the same amount of pressure and vice versa. Do not decide to release the clutch completely until and unless you hear the pleasant engine revolution and the car has started to move.Only when the car start moving, you can slowly release the clutch and add pressure on the gas.

Coaching Error: A certain category of drivers, "old school" and many beginners tend the drive in neutral or depressed the clutch when the car is in motion to save fuel.

The essence of error: If the engine is not connected to the drive wheels (when the clutch is depressed, or neutral), the driver does not have control of the car anymore. If the driver suddenly needs to accelerate, it will have to change gear manually, which takes precious seconds. On slippery road surfaces or in corners it can cause loss of control. Further to this, the driver will tend to use more brakes which will wear off quickly

Solution: Use neutral only in situations when you are able to control the car. For example, at the intersection on a red light or in a traffic jam. In cornering or braking, better to go to the desired speed and use engine brake to slow down the car. Moreover, this rule should be followed both on dry and on wet roads.

blind spot
blind spot

Mirrors Error: Many people use only mirrors to reverse back and do not move and turn back to have a good visibility

The essence of error: Very often you cannot see everything on the mirrors, for example areas within the blind spot. Furthermore, if you are reversing out of a parking, you are unable to see incoming cars. if you use mirrors only. The rear window is often blocked by the head of passengers.

Solution: It is better to use both mirrors and move head around before any reverse maneuvers. Ensure nothing is at the back of the vehicle which you cannot see, specially small kids. Reverse very slowly

driving learner sign
driving learner sign

Beware, disciple! Error: drive a car with a “Learner” sign on the car

The essence of the error: Some drivers like to show their superiority over newcomers.Even experienced drivers face aggressive ones when they drive with the learner sign

Remedy: Remove the Learner Sign when you have acquired enough experienced to control the car and show positive attitude towards new beginners

With a head - in the water! Error: Understand the basics of driving directly in difficult road conditions - In bad weather with heavy traffic, the presence of complex junctions, car filled with passengers. Many trainers believe that you should start in difficult situations.

The essence of error: As a result of this lesson, a person may be uncertain, stressed and have fear of driving. They never able to obtain a driving license or take many years due to lack of confidence

Remedy: First of all you should learn the basic driving skills and master each technique well before starting in difficult situations

Greenhouse Driver Error: Learning to ride only in ideal conditions - when the sun is shining and the road is dry.

The essence of error: Lack of Self confidence and stress in difficult situations.For example at night, when many drivers forgot to dim the headlights, you become blind and may lose control of the car.

Remedy: Once you have learned the basics of driving and you are more confident in the ideal situation, you may start learning in difficult situations such as at night and in rainy conditions. Driving at night and during day time is different

Go Slow! Error: To go too slow - at a speed of 20-40 km / h and blocking traffic on the road.

The essence of errors: By going too slow, you will block traffic and is quite dangerous to other road users. Going too slow on a high way on the fast lane for example is prohibited by the traffic rules.

Remedy: If novice drivers have difficulties to ride in the stream, it is necessary to improve their skills.Start to drive when there are less traffic and when you are comfortable with speeds 60-70kmh, you can drive with others


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