Things to consider when learning how to drive

Whether you are 14 or you’re 40, the thought of learning how to drive is exciting albeit scary. The road is one of the most unpredictable places to be at any time. In the day time, it’s a literal rat race and at night, it’s just plain dangerous. Nevertheless, driving is necessary and the least anyone can do is take into consideration the safety initiatives for road safety among other things. Especially when you are new to the craziness that is driving, there is so much you need to look closely at. It may seem shaky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a lot more accessible.

  1. Adjust your attitude

You may be wondering what your attitude has to do with the driving skills you are about to learn. The answer is a lot because you first need to be teachable and eager to learn. That part, most people have down to the letter, but the next part is where a lot of people falter. 

You see, when you are learning to drive, you equally need to be ready to take responsibility for what happens out on the road. Crazy things will happen out on the road. So it’s very important to be in the right frame of mind to deal with issues like road rage, stupid mistakes and actual accidents.

  1. Automatic or Manual

This is one debate that has been around for quite some time and till manual cars are completely out of fashion it will be a thing. So, before learning makes up your mind on the type of car it’s going to be. 

Here’s one thing you need to know; if you decide to go for an automatic car alone, you will only be qualified to drive automatic cars. On the other hand, learning with a manual car sets you up to be qualified to drive both. But at the end of the day, it’s truly a thing of choice. There is no true danger in choosing one over the other.

  1. Will you be able to practise on your own?

Like any other skill, when driving it is important to be able to practise. Driving school on its own does not cut it, you need to be able to go and do some homework in your own time. There’s no way to get better if you don’t give yourself some time to learn in a more comfortable setting. 

Also, you get to apply all you’ve learnt in driving school to actual real-life settings.  Here’s the thing about driving, it’s nothing like ‘just riding a bike’, you will get rusty or simply forget vital things if you do not have an avenue to practise.

  1. Keep your eyes open

This sounds pretty straightforward, but it’s very layered. You’ll never truly understand the spoken and unspoken rules of the road till you’re a driver. Basically, you need to emulate what you see on the road. Not the bad habits of course, but little tips that will get you home in one piece every day.


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