Instructors from a driving school will basically teach you lessons to pass a licensure exam. However, the real training happens after you get the license and experience driving on your own with multiple vehicles around you, rushing through the sideways as if they’re trying to dare a race or what. When this time comes, there’ll be no one else to sit beside you and tell you what to do. Though it will be fun in the first ten minutes until you start encountering things that you didn’t learn in a driving school.
It’s good to have a family member or a friend to give you some driving advice but more often than not, drivers learn from their day-to-day driving. As they always say, “Experience is the best teacher.” and it’s somehow true and justified. You’ll also experience a lot of different scenarios on the road, and just to back you up, here are some tips you can follow for a better and safer driving slash learning adventure.
Driving Tip No. 1: Lowering the rear-view mirror at night
Very few drivers know about this life hack about a rear-view mirror and its day and night mode settings. You just have to tilt the tab below your mirror to avoid getting blinded by the vehicle’s light behind you. You really need to learn this trick to make the driving easier, given that it can be hectic at night.
Driving Tip No. 2: Drying the brakes after driving through a puddle
You can never get rid of puddles on a rough road, especially when the rain is bad. And if you think speeding through puddles is cool, then maybe you should think again. When you drive quickly, you also give the water a chance to enter the car’s ignition system and dude, that’s not cool because it either makes the engine stall or starts an aquaplaning ‒ where a vehicle loses traction; so, you technically lose control of it. The better way to handle puddles is to slow down and pass through it smoothly by pressing the gas paddle and then the brake pedal for few times.
Driving Tip No. 3: Following the suit when the car in the neighbouring lane slows down
A good driver keeps a presence of mind and makes sure he or she is aware of the environment. If you notice that a car in the neighbouring lane slows down, do the same as it indicates that the driver wants to transfer your lane and pursue a cross intersection or maybe he is she wants to let a pedestrian or an animal pass.
Driving Tip No. 4: Turning your high beams on when the car doesn’t start
Your car may not start due to certain reasons. It usually happens when the car been exposed to cold weather for a few days or weeks. Turning the high beams on can heat up the battery and enable the engine to start eventually.
Driving Tip No. 5: Knowing how your wheels are positioned
Potholes are another inevitable road obstacles that can put both your life and your car into danger. Have you ever thought about how other drivers can successfully escape a pothole without having to reduce their speed? Well, it’s a matter of pothole patrol skills and how you“feel” where your wheels are positioned, which you’ll get to learn eventually. These skills can also help you skip other aggravating, scattered objects on the road such as plastic bottles, fallen trunk, or dead animal.
Driving Tip No. 6: Handling bad weather
Driving in terrible weather can be a real challenge for newbies. So, if you are caught in such a situation, you need to calm your nerves first to start focusing on the two important car accessories at the moment: headlights and windshield. Turn the headlights on, so as the windshield wiper and then drive slowly.
Driving Tip No. 7: Learning the unwritten parking rule
Driving schools teach you how to park correctly but they don’t often tell you when to stop correctly. Learning proper stopping is an important parking rule. Like for parallel parking, the driver must place a piece of coloured tape on the bottom of the windshield as a guide for stopping. You can only stop once the tape is parallel to the curb line. While in perpendicular parking, stopping occurs if you see that the curb is right under the side mirror.