Turning sixteen means one thing, you can finally earn your right of passage to drive. Teenagers wait anxiously for this pivotal age, and when it comes, there is nothing stopping them from getting behind the wheel of a car. Before stepping in and taking off, you need to learn how to drive the vehicle first.
Driving school offers a great way to learn how to drive with an instructor that knows how to teach this task. Driving school can be intimidating. It is important that you prepare yourself for what comes next. There are a few things that you can do to prepare yourself for your passport to freedom.
It is common to be nervous about taking your driving test. Do not allow your nerves to get the best of you. The driving instructors expect their students to be on edge. However, they expect their students to be able to handle stress and being critiqued while driving.
Before getting into the car to begin driving with your instructor, take a few deep breaths. Try to put yourself in a happy place. Do not daydream. You will need to focus on the task at hand, or you could end up driving into various objects in the road, or worse, another car.
Practice Driving A Lot
Practice makes perfect. The only way that a new driver can learn how to drive is by doing it. On average, a driver with a learners permit should have at least forty-five hours of training. Twenty-two of those hours should be taught professionally. Make sure that the driving instructor you are given is someone you feel comfortable with.
Do Not Be Afraid To Ask Questions
There is an adage that states that no question is a dumb question. Of course this adage is theoretically speaking. Asking your instructor why their car smells weird, or what they had for lunch because it’s making your stomach turn, would not be appropriate questions to ask. You should not be afraid to ask your instructor questions while learning how to drive, and while taking the driving test.
If you do not understand why your instructor is making you practice parallel parking, ask. There is a method to their madness. It is the instructor’s job to prepare you to take your rightful place on the road. Their job is to ensure that while operating a vehicle you know how to properly use it to get from one place to another.
Prepare Yourself For Anything
Driving is dangerous. There are millions of people all around the world that lose their lives while operating a motor vehicle. It is important that you are prepared for anything when you get behind the wheel. Be prepared to drive at different times of the day. Be prepared for harsh weather conditions, such as snow or heavy rains. Prepare yourself for times that little Sally in your neighborhood runs after her ball that her brother threw into the road. These are all real life scenarios that can impact your ability to drive. Never trust another driver while driving, because it is impossible to gauge other driver’s intentions.