5 Tips For Getting Rid of Those First Time Driver Nerves

adult driving schoolThere are an estimated 214 million licensed drivers in the U.S., and almost all of them have attended some form of drivers education course to learn how to drive. But if you’re a teenager or a young driver, and you’re about to drive on your own for the first time, you might feel a little nervous. But there are ways that you can over come this with a few safety tips.

Be Familiar With The Car
One of the first things you should do before driving your car is to become familiar with it. You need to know the basic controls including the levers, switches, lights, blinkers, and all their positions. You should also learn how to brake and turn the car effectively.

Practice these things in an empty parking lot on a mostly quiet night to avoid putting others at risk.

Remove Distractions
A driver should be attentive at all times. That is one of the most basic things taught in driving classes or when you do your behind-the-wheel practice driving. If there is a small possibility that your co-passenger may cause distractions, don’t let them. Choose someone to go with you that will be patient and quiet.

Driver Education Course
If you haven’t taken a course, which is unlikely if you have your license, or need a refresher course at an adult driving school, it is recommended that you take one. There are even pre-courses online that can offer basic driver education for a smaller fee for those that need a refresher on the rules of the road.

Cars With Safety Features
You should make sure you’re driving a car with the most safety features available to you. The better the safety features, the better it is for the driver, especially young and/or inexperienced ones. You should have a car that has airbags, seatbelts, mirrors, a GPS, and anti-lock breaks for instance.

This also has the benefit of lowering your insurance payments every month. The more safety features, the less you have to pay.

Limit Nighttime Driving
The most mishaps and mistakes occur during the night, and drivers involved in these are often young and inexperienced. Avoiding driving at night can be a good way to avoid these mishaps and keep yourself safe and accident-free.

Those are just some tips to help reduce first-time driver or new driver nervousness. If you have any questions about how you can drive a little more at ease, or adult driving schools to get a refresher, please contact us. We’ll be glad to help.

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