12 Tips for New Drivers That You Can’t Learn in a Driving School

Even the most experienced drivers don’t always know all the subtle details and nuances that can make driving easier.

Brightly Side explains how to feel comfortable driving, learn to avoid dangerous situations, and become a confident driver.

12. Check if all mirrors have been adjusted correctly

If the mirrors are not adjusted correctly, a blind spot appears. The blind spot is part of the road that you can’t see, so you might miss a car driving along a nearby lane. In order to eliminate blind spots, adjust the side view mirrors so that you cannot see your car in them. To check if there is a blind spot, drive in front of another parked car behind, and look in your side view mirror. Once out of the image, you should see it with your peripheral vision.

The rearview mirror must be adjusted in order to fully see the rear window of your vehicle. When adjusting the mirrors, you should be in your normal driving position.

11. Learn to feel the wheels.

Suppose you want to be able to avoid digging in the road and not scratch your hubs when parking, then you need to know how the wheels feel. Take an empty plastic bottle, tuck it in with your foot, and put it on the way—practice driving with the left and right front wheels in turn. Open the window to hear the bottle crunch.

10. Park guides your windows and mirrors.

When parking orthogonally, stop once you see the sidewalk under the side mirror. This way, the distance between the car and the dock will be minimal, and you will not scratch the bumper.

When standing parallel, make sure the shaft cap is not scratched. Paste a piece of colored duct tape on the bottom of the windshield. Stop once the mark matches the sidewalk line. It is better to stand parallel in the opposite direction: this way, the sidewalk is visible in the side view mirrors, so you will not be very close to it.

9. Dry your brakes after driving through a puddle.

Before even the smallest ponds, it is best to slow them down and pass them smoothly without maneuvering or changing the speed. If you are driving fast, there is an opportunity to enter the water in the ignition system and make the engine idle. Besides, water slip may start – at which point the car loses traction, and you lose control.

After passing a big pond, don’t cut your engine and don’t change your speed. Dry the brake first: depress the gas pedal, and reduce the brake pedal several times. Friction causes heat, so the water evaporates from the brake.

8. Watch out for long car maneuvers in front of you.

Watch out, not only from the car in front of you, but also those on the road. Long vehicle drivers (trucks and buses) see road conditions more clearly. If they start changing lanes at once, they may have seen a car accident or a different type of roadblock. Follow her lead, and change lanes too.

7. If the car does not start, operate the high beams.

Sometimes in winter, the car won’t start on the first try. Before you try it, heat your car battery by turning on the high lighting. The radio or indicator can also work.

6. Lower the rearview mirror at night.

Many drivers don’t know that the standard rearview mirror has two modes: daytime and night. To avoid blindness by a car behind you, change the angle of the mirror by pulling the lever below it.

5. Turn on the air conditioner.

Even when you don’t use the air conditioner (for example, in the winter), turn it on regularly for a short period of time. Otherwise, the coolant will leak, and the tubes will be dry.

4. Use the hand brake regularly.

Use the parking brake regularly to keep it alive even if you don’t angle the car. The only exception is the cold weather. In such conditions, it is best to avoid using the hand brake so that the brake pads do not freeze.

3. If a car in the neighboring lane is slowing down, follow suit.

If you see a car in the adjacent corridor slowing down, you should do the same. The driver is likely to want to allow pedestrian or animal traffic.

2. Do not let the illusion of low speed fool you.

On a straight road, the speed appears two times lower than it really is. If it does not slow down before turning, the car may start to slip.

1. Do not roll the wheels beforehand when turning left.

It is dangerous to pre-rotate the wheels before performing the left spin. They should be in the initial position. If a car hits you from behind, you might be thrown into the opposite lane as it will be inevitable to hit other vehicles.