When you pass your driving test, you may feel like you are on top of the world and that you could do no wrong. Unfortunately, such sense of entitlement can make new drivers more reckless on the roads. Fortunately, as a driver, here are bad habits to avoid at all times:
Due to inexperience, new drivers pose more of a threat when behind the wheel. Unfortunately, one of the bad habits that new drivers make (especially young drivers) is speeding. In fact, even going as little as 10km/h over the speed limit can have disastrous results. Even if you do not get into an accident, you can have your licence revoked.
Speeding does not only increase the chances of causing collisions but earning tickets as well. As a new driver, if you want to keep your driving record clean and ensure that everyone makes it home safely, always obey the speed limit.
2. Talking or messaging on the phone.
Talking or messaging on the phone is a bad habit that many people have due to the popularity of mobile devices. While handless sets are available, the act of talking to someone else while driving can still prove to be a dangerous distraction. If you need to use your phone while driving, it is very important that you pull off safely to the side of the road and come to a complete stop beforehand.
3. Using other electronics while driving.
While driving, there are plenty of electronics that can distract drivers and potentially lead to accidents. For example, even something as simple as changing the music can result in collisions. Portable GPS systems can also cause distractions if you need to adjust them while driving.
4. Letting your car fill with trash.
If you own a vehicle, it is your responsibility to keep it clean to help avoid trouble. For instance, letting trash pile in your car could impair your vision if the windows are blocked. If you have bottles or cans laying in your vehicle, it is possible that something could roll under your gas and brake pedals as well. If something should become wedged beneath the pedals, especially the brake, you could very well lose control of the car.
5. Giving into peer pressure.
Although you may not think about it, letting people push you into doing something while driving can cause accidents. For example, if you are driving the speed limit but someone tells you to drive faster, you may be more willing to give into what they say.
Many people think that it is only younger drivers that are more likely to give into peer pressure, but this is not the case. In fact, even older drivers can feel the strain as well. Unfortunately, experiencing peer pressure while driving does not only increase the potential for risky habits but decreased confidence as well (that can also lead to increased risks for collisions).
While passing your driving test is certainly a very good start for becoming a safer driver, you need to practice safe driving habits at all times to truly earn the right to use the roads.
Joe Miller is a retired driving instructor. He enjoys sharing his driving tips online by blogging about his experiences and knowledge.