Getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time can be exciting and a little intimidating. But as a new driver, one thing you need to remember is that you control the car — not the other way around.
So before you hit the road, here are a few things that, if put into practice, can significantly improve your experience and safety behind the wheel:
- Make sure the seat and mirrors are adjusted to fit you.
You already learned this in your driver’s education course, but you can never be too careful. Adjusting the mirrors and seat to your visibility and comfort levels is imperative to driving safely on the road.
- Don’t overthink it.
While trying to remember all of the rules to driving may be a bit overwhelming at first, the most important thing for you to do is relax and concentrate on the road and other drivers around you.
- Eliminate all distractions.
Driving with distractions (i.e. cell phone, loud music, too many passengers, etc.) is not only dangerous for you, but others on the road as well. Driving already requires a great deal of concentration and multitasking, which is why it’s crucial for you to remain focused and alert on the task at hand.
- Enjoy the drive.
Although driving a car is a major responsibility, it’s also a privilege that you earned. So just relax and enjoy the drive.
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