Have you passed your practical driving test in the recent months and you are already eager to become a better beginner driver? We hear you! Here are a few essential driving tips that P-plate drivers should take note of to maintain focused on the road.
TIP #1: WEAR YOUR SEAT BELTImage Source: Auto Deal
Seat belts are lifesavers. In the event of a crash, this safety device could prevent an individual from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle, or worse, flung through the windshield. Even a low-speed crash can send an unbelted person crashing onto the dashboard or side window, resulting in severe head injuries or broken bones. Sounds scary? Then buckle up.
TIP #2: AVOID USING YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVINGImage Source: Florida Politics
Avoid using your mobile phone while driving because these distractions will decrease your awareness on the road. Your negligence could cause you to lose sight of a pedestrian walking directly in front of you or an in-coming vehicle. Instead, keep your phone in a storage compartment, or place it in a phone holder and only use it at a red light.
TIP #3: DON’T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOLImage Source: Estcourt News
Never drive under the influence of alcohol as being intoxicated affects your ability to concentrate, make good judgements and react quickly to situations. You might even risk endangering yourself and the lives of others.
If convicted of drink-driving, you are liable to fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months’ jail. Offenders can also be disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for a minimum of 12 months.
TIP #4: OBEY ALL TRAFFIC RULES AND REGULATIONImage Source: Legit
For new drivers, driving on your own can be extremely nerve-wrecking, especially for the first few months. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, just follow the traffic rules and regulation that you have learnt while taking the driving license test.
TIP #5: PRACTICE COURTESY ON THE ROADImage Source: Waterford Whispers
You may witness other road users behaving aggressively or engaging in unsafe driving practices, so please don’t fall under that category. Having good driving etiquette not only makes driving more enjoyable, but it will also help to improve road safety.
TIP #6: STICK TO THE MIDDLE LANEImage Source: The Straits Times
Also, do note that keeping to the middle lane is usually the best thing to do because you will find it easier to exit from highways instead of having to cut two or more lanes from the fast lane. Remember, do not straddle in between two lanes or drive at the edge of a line, as it may annoy other drivers as well.
TIP #7: CHECK FOR BLIND SPOTSImage Source: Driving Guide
As a driver, it is crucial to also know where your blind spots are on your own vehicle, as well as other drivers’ vehicles, to prevent easily avoidable accidents from happening. Blinds spots are basically areas at the right and left of your vehicle that cannot be viewed in the mirrors.
Hence, you have to turn your head and look over your shoulder to the left or right to check for the traffic in these “blind spots” before overtaking, turning, stopping, moving off or switching lanes.
TIP #8: SIGNAL WHEN SWITCHING LANESImage Source: Siam Petrotrade
Speaking of switching lanes, it is crucial for you to signal before changing lanes, so as to preempt the other drivers who are behind you. For instance, you should turn on your left turn signal to inform other drivers of your intentions to move into the left lane before you actually make a left turn.
TIP #9: ENSURE YOUR SIDE MIRRORS ARE ADJUSTED PROPERLYImage Source: Wikimedia
And when you are about to stop, do remember to look at your side mirror to have a rough gauge of where you should stop. The stop line should either be just below your side mirror or slightly above it. If not, it means that you have crossed the stop line.
TIP #10: APPLE MAPS CAN STORE WHERE YOU PARKED YOUR CARImage Source: Idownloadblog
Forgot where you parked your car? Fret not, this function on the iPhone has got you covered! When you leave your vehicle, your iPhone disconnects from Bluetooth, which lets Maps mark the location of your car. To edit your car’s location, open Maps and tap Parked car or add a photo of where you parked.
Road safety is a shared responsibility, so let’s not only exercise patience but please also stay alert and vigilant when driving on the road. Lastly, should you have any other useful tips or advice for us, please feel free to relay your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!
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