Even if you’ve just passed your driving test with flying colour, statistics show that one in five new drivers will be involved in a crash in their first year of driving, and one in three drivers killed in accidents are under the age of 25. Here at Weekly Crash Courses, we’ve put together 5 essential tips that will help you as a new driver stay safe on the road.
Book yourself some Pass Plus lessons
Depending on where you decided to get your driving lessons, the chances are you’ll have limited experience in driving at night, in bad weather and definitely on the motorway. Taking Pass Plus lessons will help you to drive safely in a number of different situations most new drives find extremely stressful. Not only will this help you to become a safer and more confident driver, you may even get cheaper car insurance!
Take time to get to know your car
If you’ve just got yourself a new car to drive it, take the time to get to know it before you start driving it. Find the switches for your fog lights, locate your hazard light button and learn how to control your radio. These all sound like little, inconsequential things, but if you can’t activate or deactivate any of these things quickly, it’s all too easy to become distracted and have an accident.
Always check your blind spot
Whilst your mirrors are great for letting you know what’s behind you, you’ll need to check the blind spot just outside of your peripheral vision. The area is big enough to hide cyclists, bikers and even cars until you inadvertently crash into them. By checking your blind spot whenever you change lane or turn right, you help the road to remain as safe as possible.
Put your phone on silent and forget about it
Using a handheld phone in the car is illegal, including putting your phone on speaker and holding it in front of your mouth. Even handsfree sets aren’t that safe, and the mental workload required to have a conversation means it’s all too easy to lose concentration and react significantly slower to the road, causing you to miss things like pedestrians crossing.
You’ll become far more confident as a driver as you get more experience driving on your own, and if you have mates who pressure you into driving recklessly or dangerously, it’s essential that you take the time to drive on your own without anyone else there. If your friends are trying to influence the way you drive, don’t hesitate to tell them to get out or simply stop giving them lifts until they just sit in your car calmly, and maybe pay you for petrol money.
For more information about what we offer at Weekly Crash Courses and to book your intensive driving course, call us now on 07788 973 538 or get in touch online today.