Tips for inexperienced drivers
If you are a new driver, or if you are returning to driving after a significant break from motoring, you may have reservations about how your inexperience could affect your performance and safety. And you’d be right to be concerned. Average statistics vary year to year, but generally speaking, around 1 in 5 new of relatively inexperienced drivers are involved in a road accident within a year of sitting behind the wheel. The problem isn’t that you didn’t pay enough attention during your time with an instructor, and nor does the underlying issue necessarily relate to any failure to learn and retain information about how to drive safely and legally (e.g. such as trying to remember what states are hands-free?). Instead, the problem may come down to sheer inexperience. That’s why we’re going to look at tips for inexperienced drivers.
Passing your test doesn’t always mean you’re ready
In the short time that they have with you (and given the potential country-specific restrictions on which roads are open to learner drivers), driving instructors can’t expose you to the pace and the challenges of driving in real life conditions. As much as your instructor may attempt to organise your lessons at peak driving hours to teach you close control at low speeds, while other lessons may be angled towards off peak hours to allow you to get out of town and city centre settings to build up some confidence at higher speeds, there is nothing that can prepare you for all of these challenges facing you all the time, every day, without let up. In short, every driving situation has its dangers. That’s why you should consider schemes for drivers who have passed their tests but feel there is still more to learn. Along with greater confidence towards road safety, successfully passing one of these courses often means that your insurance premiums will come down – adding a financial incentive to staying safe in the roads.
Don’t offer late nights lifts to groups of friends
Young drivers in particular are susceptible to volunteering their services as a designated driver, meaning they are happy to drive their friends to parties and clubs and refrain from drinking before giving everyone a lift home later that night. Statistics show that where a party atmosphere is going on around the driver, and again this is particularly in relation to younger drivers who may wish to show off, speed limits are more likely to be broken and dangerous driving is more likely to occur.
Don’t try to be big or clever when it comes to road safety. Arriving in one piece is infinitely more desirable than ending your night in a ditch due to poor decision making.