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Tips For Learning How to Drive

Learning how to drive is an important milestone in everyone's life. It offers a newfound sense of independence, but it also comes along with huge responsibilities. Before beginning to drive, a person must understand all of the responsibilities that come along with driving as well as car operation and ownership. To prepare for the physical and mental aspects of driving, a lot of studying and practice should be done with the supervision of an experienced driver. This ensures that the new driver as well as other drivers and pedestrians on the road will be safe in a variety of instances.

Before beginning to drive, the first step that an individual should take involves reading and studying information about basic driving laws and procedures. While it may not seem like an exciting task, it is a vital step in learning to drive. The necessary information that drivers need to study prior to getting behind a wheel can be obtained through a local DMV. This information is often contained in a book and includes state laws and requirements for driving. In this book, information such as the meanings behind traffic signs, how to react to a stopping school bus, and how to park on a hill will be covered. When the individual who will begin driving is familiar with all of these rules and meets state regulations for obtaining a learner's permit, they are ready to take the first part of a driver's exam.

  • Those who wish to begin driving should obtain a book of state driving laws and basic driving regulations from their local DMV.

  • When the book has been thoroughly studied, they should book an appointment to take the written exam required to obtain a learner's permit.

Once a learner's permit is obtained, it is ideal to begin practicing with an experienced driver. It is also a good idea to take a driver's education course (in some states a driver's education course may even be required before a driver's license is issued). During the time a person is equipped with a learner's permit, it is important to practice driving in different settings. They should practice in small, uncrowded areas and work their way up to bigger and more complicated driving situations, such as merging onto highways. Although it may seem intimidating to take on complicated tasks with a permit, it is important to do these tasks while an experienced driver is in the car so that the experienced driver will be able to offer guidance to the new driver should they get confused or overwhelmed. After a new driver is comfortable with driving and parking in numerous areas and situations, they should then make an appointment to take their driver's exam.

  • Driver's education courses are helpful and may be required in some states.

  • It is always in the best interest of the new driver to practice with the assistance of an experienced driver.

  • New drivers should begin driving in uncrowded, wide-open areas and work up to driving on highways while they still have the assistance of an experienced driver.

  • When the new driver feels confident driving in many areas and conditions, they are ready to make an appointment to take the second part of their driver's exam.

After passing a driver's exam, a person may feel confident in their driving abilities. But it is important to understand that while the individual is now a licensed driver, they are new to the road. Drivers will often no longer have the assistance of an experienced driver and must quickly learn to make decisions on their own. This is one of the toughest parts of driving, and the only way to learn is by gaining more experience. Drivers should keep all of the information that they have learned in mind, yet there will be situations that are unexpected and require quick reactions. The most important thing that a new driver must realize is that they have to be focused on the road and their surroundings at all times. It is also important for new drivers to learn about the mechanical parts of their automobiles. This is necessary as a driver never knows when they may encounter a situation that will require a quick repair. Whether a tire change or other fix is required, it is a good idea for drivers to have an idea of what has gone wrong with their vehicle.

  • New drivers must learn to make quick decisions while driving on their own.

  • Drivers must always stay focused on the road as well as their surroundings.

  • Drivers should be knowledgeable about automobile mechanisms in the event that a minor or expensive repair needs to be made.

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Shannon Kringen 2016