Just think about when you started learning driving. In almost all countries around the world, you were most probably told you that driving is both a responsibility and the privilege, and though a daily commute might not exactly seem like a privilege, you are still under obligation to be a safe driver on the road. Whether you have been a savvy driver, driving since years, or you have just completed a driving course, you can always improve or polish your driving skills. Here we share some of the most important tips to follow to polish your driving skills and be a safe, smart driver.
- Enroll in a defensive, advance level driving course
Not just the driving courses save on your car insurance and money, as well as take the negative points off your driving report, they are also great for refreshing your driving skills and know-how. The answers you give in the traditional driver’s license quizzes and tests are blur memory. Do you know how to see how far ahead the car in front of you must be based on your vehicle’s speed? Know the variation between a DWI and DUI and the quantity of drinks that may impair you for these? These things are taught in these defensive, advance level driving courses. Sometimes in a defensive course you are also asked to get a refresher on traffic rules and regulation from platform such as edrivingschool.org or others, if you have time it is a good idea to also have refresher.
- The Parking Skills – Adopt a “Precision” approach
The first key step is to find the space that is ample to park your vehicle. This space should be spacious enough that lets you park your vehicle without damaging other vehicles parked nearby. Ideally, this space should be 2-3 meters longer than your own car. You should take your car as close to the car ahead as possible such that the two cars can be parallel to each other. Even if the car ahead of you is different in length than yours, line up your car’s back with the back of the car ahead of yours precisely.
- Hold the wheel properly
Since ages, driving courses have been teaching drivers to keep their hands on their steering wheel at 10 and 2 positions on a clock. However, since last few years, the standard has changed. So, you should keep the hands lower, at either 9 & 3 or 8 and 4. This brings you more stability and control while driving and is also the most suitable position to hold hands for long time. Letting your muscles to be relaxed while having a control on your car makes you a polished driver. In some countries especially in Africa, many driver tend to ignore this best practice, reflect on your action and build this as a habit.
- Smartly Mingle in Traffic
We have seen that even the smartest drivers get confused while merging in a heavy traffic. Ineffective lane merging leads to road rage, traffic congestion and accidents. Some drivers are aggressive lane mergers, while others gently take their spot in the lane long before the ext. The most efficient and best way for all drivers is to stay relax and zipper merge, each one taking the tur, one by one. For city like Nairobi, Johannesburg, Kigali, etc. where people are almost always in a rush this can be difficult, but it can surely be help to help alleviate frustration and avoid accidents.
- Don’t think of speeding
Speeding increases the risk of accident and getting a traffic fine. Always drive at the recommended speeds or below. Adjusting your mirrors in a way that cover the blind spots, helps you manage your speed efficiently.
- Take a course at eDrivingSchool.org to refresh your memory on traffic rules and regulations.
Traffic regulations change every so often. Apart from that after a long time one tends to forget. When you have free time to go over driving theory course to refresh your memory on the new addition or changes. Given the course is built to guide to go through materials by reading and passing a quiz after, it will be a fun way to refresh your memory and reminisce on the old times when you were preparing for a driving license theory test.
- Drive like a boss
Even the smartest drivers are unable to deal with the hazardous conditions sometimes. Driving courses help you deal with these situations; how to drive at night, how to drive in extreme freezing weather, how to pass a car on the double land road safely and why to wear sunglasses and not use the cruise control in a rainy weather.
Polishing your driving skills to the best level is not that difficult and requires a little bit knowledge and hands-on experience. Driving courses are the reliable source to achieve this purpose.
SG eDrivingSchool.org Team
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