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Are you new to driving? Then be our passenger because this read is for you. Since the early days of the first automobile until the present time, the usefulness of land transportation has made a significant impact on every country’s economy.
From agriculture to mining, to construction and real estate, to even driving your mom to the supermarket or picking up the kids from the school on a rainy day, driving is a necessity for the modern person. It’s almost a sin, not learning how to drive in today’s time.
Driving is fun, especially when you are with family and friends, but the need to drive safely must be the top priority above anything else. So let’s hop on and practice learning the basics of taking the wheel the right way.
Learn From The Pro!
As a beginner, it’s good that you know some things about driving, but until you have learned the actual skill, never assume that you are an expert right away, that is for your safety. The best way to learn driving is to enroll in a Driving School. A professional driving instructor is everything you need.
The instructor can teach you to drive with manual transmission (MT) or automatic transmission (AT), but you can also learn both. It’s still your choice to choose, but no doubt, learning both types of transmission can be handy, especially in times of emergency or when certain situations require you.
Below are some useful tips you can apply for manual and automatic transmission driving.
For Manual Transmission
- Memorize The Gears – The gears’ positioning is formed like the letter “H” with another vertical line in the middle. The average car has 4 to 5 gears, and you need to familiarize the positions of each gear. This is very important because the gear must consistently adjust to the speed of the car.
Clutch Control Mastery – The number 1 key to prevent your car from shutting down is to master the “art” of clutch control.
Avoid Resting Hands on the Gear Shifter – Beginners need to be aware of this to avoid premature damaging of the transmission’s parts.
For Automatic Transmission:
Forget The Clutch And Master The Gear Stick – Automatic transmission is much easier because you don’t have to be clutch conscious, unlike the MT. But still, you must get into the habit of practicing your gear stick to get the hang of controlling it.
Memorize The Gear Meanings & Positions – The usual gears an automatic transmission have are P, R, N, D, L. P stands for park, R is for reverse, N means neutral, D stands for drive and L means low gear. Usually they are positioned vertically.
By having a student’s attitude, attentively following the directions of your driving instructor, and keeping these essential tips in mind, you will be able to learn driving faster than you think.
Always check your car, especially before leaving the house before traveling for work or anywhere. This practice is one of the most important safety measures a beginner must always remember. Even a simple flat tire left unchecked might result in a tire blowout and cause an accident.
Although many components need to be scanned in a car, below are ten parts that you need to inspect regularly to ensure safety.
- Brake Fluid
- Engine Oil
- Coolant or Water Level
- Potential Leaks
- Cracked Windshield
Be Calm, Your Mindset Matters!
A beginner must have a presence of mind until it becomes a habit. Not to generalize, but some beginners may feel fearful and not be at ease while learning to drive from the start. This issue needs to be addressed from the beginning as no one wants to be too emotional when driving.
Driving while preoccupied can lead to danger. Once you’re preoccupied, you lose focus on the road. You can drift to the other lane, or worse, bump into a pedestrian.
As much as possible, practice being alert and relaxed at the same time. Behaving like this is a sure way to make driving more comfortable and safer.
Practice Practice Practice!
You must practice! Mastery takes practice; the secret here is to find time for it. Even after you’re done practicing with a driving instructor, it’s good to plan your days for practice driving. Set a schedule with a relative or a friend who is an experienced driver and go for a ride. By doing so, you can also learn new advice from different perspectives while improving your driving mastery.
Driving is a skill, and like all other skills, it can be mastered. The beginning is always a challenge, but your attitude will be very key to all of this. The willingness to be a student, the openness to learn about your car, the discipline to have a good mindset, and the consistency of practice driving will be essential to your learning journey.