To help teens in the process of obtaining their first drivers’ license (and their parents) navigate this new terrain, we’ve created a series of 10 important lessons for first-time drivers. Today, the first lesson is the most important:the basics of safe driving, learn from the best at this IMPROV New Jersey Class.
Whether you’re learning to drive for the first time or you have years of experience, these 8 tips for safe driving will help you navigate the road ahead.
1. Accelerate slowly
It can be tempting to slam on the gas pedal as soon as the light turns green, but it’s important to exercise self-control. Your engine performs better when it is eased into higher speeds. Go from a complete stop to a slow roll and gradually increase pressure on the gas pedal from there.
2. Hold the wheel steady
Smooth steering keeps you in control of the car. When taking turns or holding the car straight down the road, it’s important to keep a steady hold on the wheel.
3. Brake gently
Just like accelerating, it’s important to avoid slamming the pedal to the floor. Learning to recognize when to stop is one of the most important lessons a new driver can learn. If you see a stop sign or the light ahead turns yellow, begin applying light pressure to the brake as soon as possible.
Apply gentle, steady pressure to the brake pedal until your car rolls to a complete stop.
4. Maintain a safe speed
As you become more comfortable with driving, it can be tempting to push the bounds of posted speed limits. However, adhering to the speed limit is not just a matter of following the law – it is vital for the safety of yourself and others.
To determine the speed limit, the Department of Transportation sends engineers to perform a thorough investigation. These engineers take into account road type, accident history, traffic volume and sight distance. Your life and the lives of others are not worth shaving a few minutes off your drive time.
5. Follow at a reasonable distance
Keeping an adequate “cushion” between yourself and the car in front of you is important regardless of driving experience. However, as a first-time driver, your reaction time is inherently slower than that of other drivers.
Following the “two second rule” will keep you from rear-ending the car in front of you – and facing higher insurance premiums and expensive repairs.
6. Be aware of road signs
Develop a comprehensive understanding of all road signs, safety signals and pavement markings. Never ignore a road sign or safety signal because you are feeling confident in your driving abilities. The signs have been posted for a reason.