1. Distracted driving
We’re all lovers of our phones but being distracted by it when we’re behind the wheel is just a no-no. It’s easily done but anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road ahead is a distraction and dangerous. By taking your eyes off the road, the distraction is robbing your attention. So whether it’s your phone or your friend talking to you in the passenger seat, eyes on the road people.
2. Poor car control
Having good car control is something that we all learn over time with experience. The only way we really learn about how to abide by the speed limits, use lanes correctly and park safely is through practice. Driving lessons help us to understand all of these, but once we pass our test and we’re out on the road, the only way we really learn is by practice, practice, practice.
Young drivers more than any other type of drivers are the ones that tend to speed more, wouldn’t you agree? Misjudging the speed and struggling to maintain it is quite common. Keeping up with the flow of traffic is something that we all learn when we’re doing our driving lessons and this shouldn’t go out the window once we’ve passed. Again, it’s just all about practice.
Something that most of us will have probably done when we got into the car for the first time on our own. First-time drivers can get nervous and begin to panic when it comes to handling situations that they haven’t come across before. Keep calm and stay focused. Getting hot and flustered because your panicking will do nobody any good. Just breathe.
5. Driving tired
You’ll be surprised at how much tiredness can really reflect your driving. Driving while tired can lead to serious accidents on the road, which is why it’s so important that if you begin to feel yourself drifting off you should think about stopping for a break.
6. Mirror checks
Can you remember how many times your driving instructor told you how important those mirror checks are? Not checking your mirrors is one of the most common mistakes that new drivers make and one that many learner drivers are marked down for during their driving tests. Just slightly knocking your head out to glance in your mirrors will do perfectly.
7. Improper blind spot checks
When it comes to changing lanes you need to be 100% sure that it’s safe to do so. One tiny mistake when you’re changing lanes on the motorway could be vital. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, practice, practice practice. Just by leaning forward in your seat and taking a glance over your shoulder will make all the difference.
8. No signals
There’s a lot to take in when you’ve just passed your test and you may forget little things, but signalling shouldn’t be one of them. Your fellow motorists need to be aware of your intentions on the road, so it’s a good idea to signal in plenty of time so that they know where you’re going. Don’t ever get lazy with your signals, they’re just too important.