Driving should always be done very responsibly and carefully. Thus, the new car drivers or learners should know some very basic things to make the rather cumbersome task of driving easier and safer on the whole. Here are 10 very essential driving rules that should be kept in mind especially for the beginners, but these should be followed even by the expert drivers.
Getting familiar with the car
Before you start driving a vehicle the first thing to do is to know about the basics of the vehicle and to get comfortable with it. The beginners should have proper knowledge of the functions of a clutch, different gears, braking and reversing rules.
Adjusting the driver’s seat
Now, every amateur driver should know how to adjust the seat to a proper comfortable position and adjust the rear view mirrors for proper handling and control over the car. Always sit upright with your back well supported by the seat to prevent fatigue and back injuries. Even pro drivers should adjust the seat properly to be fully in control over the car.
Ensuring the seat is adjusted in regards to the pedals
The driver’s seat should be adjusted so that the pedals are in comfortable working distance from the driver’s feat. Push the brake pedal fully and also press the clutch without igniting the engine, and accordingly set the seat. Your knees should stay bent at around 120 degrees.
Avoid any sort of distraction
Once you are ready to start driving, say no to any distractions and prepare your mind to focus only on driving. Always follow two thumb rules, do not use a mobile phone while driving and do not drink and drive. These apart, new drivers should also avoid eating, listening to loud music or talk a lot while driving.
Holding the steering wheel
Though, there is no rule for this, ensure that you hold the steering wheel in such a way that makes you most comfortably and at the maximum control over the wheel. Studies show that the “9 o’clock and 3 o’clock” positions are best.
Use turn signals
Always remember to use turn signals or indicators, as these are vital to indicate the other vehicles on the road that you are about to take a turn, and avoid potential accidents.
Don't speed up
Always try to maintain a uniform, comfortable speed and don’t speed up. Make sure to follow speed limit instructions you come across while driving. Secondly, exceeding your driving capability can be dangerous to yourself as well as those sharing the road.
Keep adequate distance from other vehicles
Always maintain a considerable distance from the other vehicle in front, no matter whether you are driving in a highly congested road or a highway.
Don't honk unnecessarily
Horns are to alert the others on the road around you, not to nag the driver in front of you to move faster. Do not honk unnecessarily as these disturbs the peace of the surrounding and can also agitate other drivers.
Keep your cool
Always relax and keep a calm mind while driving and don’t let your mood affect your driving, as this can prove to be hazardous. Keep the fact in mind that you don't have any right to risk the lives of others sharing the road with you! Drive Safe to reach home in one piece!!