5 Tips To Help You Become An Overall Better Driver
There is always room to improve your driving skills to become a better driver, but improving your driving demeanor can help too!
Driving is a necessity in the modern-day society we live in today.
The car is our natural vehicle of choice for getting to work, school, or anywhere else. Cars are the most accessible, compact, and most suited-to-our-needs vehicles around; that’s probably why there are millions of different vehicles on the road every day worldwide!
Learning how to become an excellent driver isn’t just about getting your license; it’s about being a safe and educated driver for life.
At the end of the day, the skills and style you learn while driving are skills for life, and they are the elements of driving that could save your life.
There are five really simple tips that you should keep in mind when you start your car that will help you become an overall better driver, let’s have a look at what they are!
When you get behind the wheel of your car, remember that driving is like any other task you do at work or home.
So if something happens that makes you a little jittery, you need to stay calm and focused on the road ahead.
If your passengers are causing you to be anything but calm, the best course of action is to communicate. Let your passengers know how long it will take to reach their destination so they don’t get impatient and start making phone calls or checking social media, which may further distract your mood.
Sometimes, the art and skill of driving are not perfectly executed, predominantly by accident.
Sometimes you might make a mistake, like forgetting how to change lanes or turning at the wrong time, and this happens to us all as driving is not an exact science, and we are all human.
Some drivers might not care about these mistakes, but you should, but it is so important to have perspective! While the error has been made, it is has been done and gone; there is nothing more you can do about it.
So next time you make that mistake, don’t let it get to you! Take a deep breath and move on.
Remember that many other drivers on the road are making mistakes too!
Use Technology To Assist
Technology is such a wonderful thing to have when you are driving and can really hone in on your skills to highlight areas of improvement.
A good driver has everything from spatial awareness to acute eyesight and hearing; however, a better driver has all of these things and adds in technical assistance to do some of the work for them!
Our top 5 pieces of technology we love to improve our driving are:
- Dash cams
- Sat nav GPS
- Parking sensors
- Audible proximity alarms
- Voice assisted activations
All of these things allow you to have more conscious concentration on the task of driving, making you a better and safer driver.
Don’t Drive Distracted
There are thousands of accidents and incidents per day that are caused by a driver driving while they are distracted.
It is estimated that up to 64% of all accidents and incidents on UK roads are caused by a driver who is being distracted by something else while they are in the driving seat.
It is essential to drive mindfully all the time. The task in hand is making sure you, and other road users, get from A to B safely.
Put your mobile phone away in a pocket or a bag so you won’t be tempted to look at it while driving.
Stay Alert. If you notice that your tiredness is catching up with you, try taking a break and getting some coffee, stretching, or doing some light exercises before you get back on the road.
Avoid Aggressive Driving
Driving aggressively is one of the worst habits you can have on the road.
Aggressive drivers are distracted, impulsive, and sometimes really hot-tempered.
They are more likely to speed, tailgate, weave in and out of lanes, change lanes without signaling, and pass other cars when unsafe.
Aggressive driving isn’t just bad for you; it’s bad for everyone on the road; it is one of the driving styles that may actually cause more accidents than involve the aggressive driver themselves.
When driving through busy areas or crowded places, the biggest thing is to give yourself time to arrive at your destination safely, as opposed to racing to beat the traffic or making sudden lane changes.
To avoid being an aggressive driver on the road, it may be beneficial to think about what makes you drive like that. If at all possible, remove yourself away from any given situation that causes you to react aggressively on the road.
Being a better driver is something we can continually achieve with patience and due diligence to driving.
Nothing is more frustrating than losing concentration or making moves to avoid accidents. Still, it is best to stay calm and move on safely without getting angry or agitated by anything that has happened.
A calm driver is a safe driver. The more you practice patience, the more you will be holistically in control of your vehicle, mood and adapt your driving style to have a calm demeanor.
If you are finding that certain aspects of driving are leaving you frustrated and irritated, try using some clever technology if possible to help you out and make you an overall better driver.
You’re a human, not a machine: People make mistakes, and that’s normal. Don’t let it get to you!