What are the main mistakes made by novice drivers?
It is impossible in a few days to become a driving master who never makes mistakes, drives perfectly correctly and exemplary. We have prepared for you the most common mistakes made by novice drivers:
Clamp to the side of the road as much as possible
Beginners at the wheel are very afraid of the vehicles around them. Because of this, they, sometimes unconsciously, try to snuggle closer to the curb. Clinging to the sidelines, the newcomer feels safe. Such behavior increases the likelihood of driving on sidewalks, collisions with pedestrians, as well as a puncture.
Learn to move strictly in a strip without snuggling anywhere. This will give room for maneuver to other participants in the movement, and also will not allow you to infringe on your space when moving.
2. Ignore established characters
Another common mistake is when the driver is completely focused on driving. Full concentration on the road leads to the fact that a novice motorist misses important road signs. As a result, this results in an increase in fines for speeding, for passing under a brick, or for parking in the wrong place.
The driver must distribute his attention to the traffic situation and signs at the same time. You need to teach yourself to look not at one point, but to be distributed over a vast space. This allows you to cover the road itself, as well as everything that is located along the roadsides.
3. Turn on loud music
No one forbids the driver to listen to your favorite songs or turn on the radio while driving. We advise beginners to give up such pleasure for a while, and pay more attention to driving.
Turn on the music when you are on the track with a minimum number of cars around you. In the city it is better to turn on the radio or music at minimum volume. This is due not only to the fact that music distracts attention, sometimes it makes you sing along and dance the jaga behind the wheel. Because of the music, the driver does not hear what is happening around, ignores the signals of other drivers. This is a direct threat to accidents and accidents.
4. We press all the way to the gas pedal, or we drive too slowly, not observing speed limits
This error can be safely divided at once into two completely opposite problems:
Speed too low. A more common phenomenon is when a beginner is afraid to once again press the gas pedal, and tries to move at minimum speeds where it is not forbidden to add gas. Such behavior can lead to congestion and traffic jams, sometimes even in those areas where, in principle, they never happen.
2. Speed too high. You just got right and immediately try to get the most out of your car. This is a huge mistake, because high-speed control requires the necessary experience, knowledge of the capabilities and features of your car. The consequences of speeding are very different, ranging from uncontrolled skidding and driving into the oncoming lane, ending with departures from the road and serious traffic accidents.
You need to learn to move in the stream, and not to slow it down and not to create dangerous situations, exceeding or reducing speed.
5. Ignoring mirrors
And this is not about those mirrors that hang on the walls of your homes. In this case, we are talking about using rearview mirrors. To be more precise, then with and ignoring or their incorrect application.
If you do not look in the mirrors, you can provoke a serious accident, since the beginner simply does not see what is happening behind him. Trying to overtake or rebuild, but without looking back, another car at high speed can easily enter the car from behind.
The driver must throw a glance at the mirrors at the level of instincts. At first it may seem difficult, because when you look in the mirror you have to be distracted from the situation on the road. But everything comes with experience.
6. We drive too close to other participants in the movement or at a very great distance from them
Not always the driver, only being at the wheel after obtaining the rights, can accurately calculate the distance to the car in front of him. And when there is a need to emergency brake, the distance is not enough for the brake system to operate, resulting in an accident.
Here you need to show a little egoism, and maintain such a distance that you consider safe and correct. Even if the cars going behind, or rather their drivers, will oppose.
7. The problem of working with the clutch
Do you remember your first driving with an instructor? Especially the feeling when you are afraid to move around the city and frantically press the clutch pedal.
But it’s one thing when you work the clutch pedal on a special platform or under the supervision of an instructor, and it’s quite another when you are on the road.
You can repeatedly see how the car starts to move, and then stalls. It starts again, it seems like gas is squeezed, twitches, and stops again. A number of unsuccessful attempts make the beginner even more nervous. Not surprisingly, because other drivers are driving him from behind, and they certainly do not express words of support. You can learn how to quickly operate the clutch pedal. To do this, practice.
8. Sudden braking
The brake pedal is of great importance in matters of road safety. Therefore, learn to slow down smoothly, start to stop in advance, slowing down slightly, so that at a minimum speed you can approach the intersection or the entrance to the turn.
Sharp braking not only harms the braking system and suspension of the car. Stopping in a similar way in front of behind cars running, drivers simply will not have time to react to your decision. As a result, the newcomer is driven in from behind. And it will be the one who sharply braked that will be to blame.
9. Weather conditions
It is important to understand and remember that dry and wet asphalt is perceived differently by cars, traction changes with the canvas, otherwise the brake system works. The driver must adapt to the current weather conditions, choosing a driving style.
Beginners forget about this, or simply have never personally felt the difference between the behavior of a car on a summer or winter road. And therefore, a large number of accidents happen for sometimes very banal reasons.
10. Lack of sense of speed and distance
It is not for nothing that experienced drivers say that it is important to feel your car, feel its dimensions, understand the characteristics of the reaction of the car to the operation of the brake and gas pedals.
Gradually, the beginner adapts to the vehicle, understanding how the car will behave in a particular situation.
The newcomer has to endure, be careful and attentive in order to feel the car as a result. It is very important to understand when you need to slow down, gain speed and maintain a distance. Sometimes the driver does not feel that the car is moving too fast, and in case of an emergency, it simply will not have time to brake in time, since the distance to the car in front is too small.