Your ultimate guide to be a better driver
The roads are a dangerous place. Learn how to lessen your risk when driving and increase your chances of staying safe with your guide to be a better driver.
No one is a perfect driver. Each and every one of us can improve our skills in some way or another.
That’s why we’ve created a guide that will help you sharpen your driving skills and improve the way you drive.
6 guidelines to improve your safety to become a better driver
- Get to know your car a little better
- Stand against distracted driving
- Train yourself to be an alert driver
- Make a log of your mistakes
- Try to be more speed-aware
- Learn to enjoy driving more
Learning to be a better driver takes more than knowing the theory. To truly get your finger on the pulse of good driving, you need to practice. Putting the wheels of these guidelines in motion is the 1st step to improving your safety.
Let’s look at how we can hone in on our driving skills.
Get to know your car a little better
Think of it like a movie; if you start watching half-way through, you won’t really understand what’s happening. However, if you watch from the start and know each character, you have a greater understanding of how the plot all works. Sometimes it helps to better your command over something when you know how it all works. Driving is no different.
Get to know your car a little better by learning about how different parts of it work.
When you understand the different parts of your car and how they work together, you will have a holistic understanding of your car.
Stand against distracted driving
We’re going to cut straight to it – thousands of people die each year due to distracted driving. Driving is one of those things that require 110% of your attention. On the roads, there is no place for distraction when you are behind the wheel.
Just drive. If you’re texting, you’re not driving. The world is going nowhere soon and we’re certain that the person texting you appreciates your existence more than a text.
Train yourself to be an alert driver
One thing all great drivers have in common is alertness.
To be an alert driver, you need to focus not only on what’s in front of you but all around you. Be proactive on the roads. Frequently check around you to look for signs of other drivers making mistakes. By being proactive instead of reactive, so that you have more time to react.
Make a log of your mistakes
It’s not always easy to pick up on bad driving habits. However, it is essential in the quest to be a better driver.
A great way of dialing in on these bad habits is by making a log of your mistakes. Just a simple note of mistakes that you’ve made that day. By writing it down, you become more consciously aware of them. Knowing where you went wrong will help you to notice these errors and improve these bad habits.
Try to be more speed-aware
In the words of Douglas Horton: “Drive slow and enjoy the scenery – drive fast and join the scenery.” Speeding is a temptation many drivers fall prey to. What they don’t realise, is that speeding makes it significantly more difficult to react and increases the chances of having an accident.
Focus on being more aware of your speed. It’s not always easy to judge how fast you’re going, that’s why your speedometer is there. If you’re driving in an area that doesn’t indicate speed limits, rather stick to a lower speed until you get to an area that depicts speed limits.
Learn to enjoy driving more
Driving is risky business, but it can also be very enjoyable. If driving stresses you out, take a step back. Go somewhere quiet and practice a little whenever you get the chance. You’ll find that the more you practice and the more you learn, the more you will start to enjoy driving.
At the end of the day, the road to be a better driver is long and unpaved. It takes practice, hard work and commitment to navigate the twisty turns to becoming a safer driver.
With the help of these guidelines and little a patience, you decrease your chances of having to make a car accident insurance claim. Take it slow and keep practicing.
Safe driving starts with you.