Learn which are the most common mistakes a new driver is likely to make, and how to avoid them.
Mistake No.6 -Over-Correcting and Other Emergency Errors
At times, you must swerve your car or quickly correct the direction of your wheels. Many times, teen drivers over-compensate in these situations, and make a dangerous situation worse by losing control of their car.
It’s difficult to master emergency handling skills, but you can easily learn to anticipate dangerous situations, which will limit the need to apply these emergency skills. Keeping a safe speed helps, too.
Mistake No. 7 -Driving While Tired
We all need enough sleep. Yet, your schedule may not let you get the rest your body and mind require. This leads to driving while drowsy, which delays reaction time, decreases awareness, and results in auto accidents.
You may feel you’re fine to drive when you’re not; better to let someone else drive when you’re struggling to stay awake. If you’re alone, you’re better off pulling to the side of the road and resting until you feel ok to drive than trying to make it home.
Mistake No. 8 -Having too many Passengers
It’s natural to want to drive with the company of your friends, but doing so can be dangerous. Passengers can distract you, or cause you to drive more aggressively than you should.
Even a single passenger in your car can increase the risk of causing a car accident. So don’t get distracted and ask your passenger to be your Co-Pilot!
Mistake No. 9 -Driving the right Car for your driving style.
When it comes to the car you drive, you may not have a choice. But, if you do, opt for one with the latest safety features, and a solid crash safety record. Don’t choose a powerful, high-performance car, as it’s too easy to lose control of these vehicles as an inexperienced driver.
And, avoid large cars, as they can be a challenge to handle, especially in tight situations.
Mistake No. 10 -Misadjusting Rear- And Side-View Mirror
he inside mirror should have a full view of the back window when moving just your eyes, not your head. For drivers over six feet tall, the American Automobile Association recommends flipping the mirror upside down if possible to get a couple extra inches of reflection to alleviate blind spots.
Both of the side mirrors should also be pointed wide enough to view any potential blind spots, just barely showing the side of your car.