Got your driving licence, got your car tank filled up? Time to hit the road solo and with pride. This newly acquired skill and freedom can be very addictive. You suddenly feel like the king of the road. By no means, we discourage freedom that you are enjoying; all we want to imply here is that driving comes with a specific set of responsibilities. Being on the road is one thing and being safe is another.
As with anything else in the world, there are both good and bad habits which you can develop while driving. Since you are new to driving, therefore, you must develop good habits as soon as possible. This will keep you and other people on the road safe. Here is the list of bad habits that one must never acquire as a responsible driver.
Ignoring Seat Belts
Seat belts feel so dull, don’t they? Well, not wearing a seat belt while driving can be a potentially lethal proposition. Seat belts are there for a purpose; they provide protection in case of a crash. It is your first line of defence in case of a severe car crash. One more thing that needs to be mentioned here is the fact that airbags of your car only function when you have seat belts on. So, just make this a point that whenever you are in a car and driving even for a short distance, please do wear the seat belts. Also, encourage your co-passengers to do the same.
Indicators also serve a purpose. Since you have recently got your licence, we are sure you do remember what your driving instructor taught you. In a fast-paced driving environment, it becomes very difficult for the people around you to anticipate your next move. That’s why indicators are there so that you can let others know which side you are going to move. Use them wisely and be safe.
You heard it right! Bullying on the road is a nasty habit. Just because you are driving an expensive SUV or a nice flashy car does not give you the right to bully people around the road. Don’t honk your horns at them and please do show some empathy on the way. This will make driving an enjoyable experience for you and those around you.
Being a new driver, you should really be cautious about the way you use your brakes. Applying brakes is an art in itself and will take time to master. Braking harshly could end up badly for you and those behind you. When you brake powerfully, the vehicle behind you has very little time to stop and might end up hitting your car. Apart from the repair expenses, such behavior could also have legal ramifications. Drive responsibly and avoid harsh braking.
The temptation is too high! We know, almost every one of us at one time or another is tempted to really push the accelerator. Keep this habit under control. Speeding in unsafe zones can lead to major accidents. It is really a bad driving habit and would lead to legal actions being taken ifsomeone gets hurt because of your mistake.
Take note of the points mentioned above, and you should do well on the road. Remember, driving is to be enjoyed, and it should be enjoyed with responsibility.