From the visit to your local DMV to go for a learner’s permit and take your driver’s test to driving, what have you learned?
For one thing, you likely now better understand how busy those roads can get in a matter of seconds. Even if you drive local roads around home for the most part, they can fill up in no time.
That said being a good driver from day one is something that you have been serious about. In doing so, you lessen the odds of being in one or more accidents over your lifetime.
So, will you be a good driver from day one?
Never Second-Guess Good Driving Habits
For you to be the best drive possible here are a few pointers that you should never take for granted:
- Tolerant of others – Even though you will find some drivers who get under your skin, do your best to avoid road rage. In remembering that having a driver’s license is a privilege and not a right, keep a cool head each time you drive. If another motorist does something that is inappropriate, do not react in a negative way. Getting angry and even using your vehicle to get back at them can lead to an accident and worse.
- Free of distractions – You likely know how easy it is to get distracted in life. Now, imagine the implications of distractions while behind the wheel at 65 mph or higher. You could find yourself in an accident in a matter of seconds. Do your best to steer clear of common distractions in your vehicle. These include your cell phone, music, too engaged with others in the vehicle, and being too drowsy to drive.
- Maintaining your car or truck – Are you someone always looking to save money at every turn? If so, you could be placing you and others at risk by driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy. Always take the time to have your vehicle inspected. By getting your vehicle checked out on a regular basis, you lower the odds that it will get you into an accident. Also look at the fact that putting off maintenance and even repairs now will cost you more money down the road.
- Passing on your expertise – Last, do you have a teen at home looking to be the next driver in the family? If the answer is yes, make sure you pass along your good driving habits to them. Many teens look to their parents as role models. As such, they tend to emulate many things that those who raise them do. If they see you doing bad things behind the wheel, they might think it is fine to do those too. Be a good role model and your child will benefit.
Is It Time to Become a Passenger?
For all the years you will drive, there will come a time when you have to consider giving up being behind the wheel.
Whether due to health issues or old age; your days of being a driver will at some point end.
It is always better to turn in your license on your own as opposed to having it taken away from you.
Among some of the common signs it may be time to think about giving up driving:
- Slower reaction times
- Trouble seeing the road
- Problems hearing horns and other sounds
- Issues with getting in and out of your vehicle
When you sense driving is a problem, talk with your loved ones on if the time has come to become a full-time passenger.
In being a good driver from day one, do all you can to steer clear of trouble.