Best Tips for Learning how to Drive a Car

Learning to drive a car, like all things in life where many others are already very experienced, isn’t an easy process. It’s easy to get bogged down by the driving knowledge and skills of seasoned road navigators, or simply become frustrated with the entire process. Accordingly, any useful information for learning how to drive a car is often appreciated by up-and-coming drivers—as each bit of help which makes the entire experience slightly easier helps the driver(s) overall. Let’s take a look at the best tips for learning how to drive a car!

Practice at Night

Many drivers (including those enrolled in driving school) will take their first stab at the road at one of the worst possible times—namely, noon on a sunny Saturday. The added stress of other vehicles on the road is very noticeable and draining for new drivers, and may turn them off to the entire process—or further delay their licensing certification. Accordingly, new drivers should practice, at least initially, at night on weekdays, with a licensed, adult driver in the passenger seat. Without the added pressure of large amounts of traffic, one is able to understand the operation of the car and the general ways of the roads much easier, in a way that retains much more experience.

Read About Various Traffic Signs and Laws

Each traffic sign—and their meaning(s)—are often unknown by new drivers. Additionally, road protocol—some of which is unwritten—is often misunderstood by learning drivers, and these misunderstandings can lead to confusion, frustration, and even accidents. To eliminate this risk, new drivers should be sure that they are entirely knowledgeable on the workings of the road, through extensive reading (his or her state’s road safety and guideline handbook, available at the DMV, is a good place to start). Moreover, enrolling in a driver safety class (even if it isn’t required), as well as simply asking seasoned drivers questions about the road, will help learning drivers to become fluent in their own vehicle operation skills.

Gain Experience in a Reliable Vehicle

Any established driver will remind anyone who will listen that practicing driving in one car, then taking the final certification test (or simply switching over into another car) can completely throw one off. While this phenomenon won’t last forever (largely), it certainly is noticeable as an early driver. One should practice driving in the same car that he or she will be driving when licensed (if applicable, as it may not be purchased at the time of training), or at the very least, a vehicle of a similar style as to the one which will be driven. Gaining driving experience in a reliable and main vehicle is an excellent way to assure that the process is as easy and effective, safe, and stress-free as possible.

The above tips are sure to help new drivers figure out how to safely and effectively operate a motor vehicle on the road. Consistency, a willingness to learn, and a generally cautious nature—in coordination with frequent practice—are the hallmarks of a successful new driver. Remember, once all of the preparation and practice is completed, the ability to navigate the open road to destinations of one’s choosing will make all of the spent time more than worth it. Good luck learning to drive, helping a new driver to learn, and/or simply navigating the road!