By Samantha Ghosn
As a new driver, it’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing the same lessons over and over again from whoever might be teaching you to properly operate a vehicle. It’s been six years since I first passed the driving test at the DOL, and there are a few key things I’ve learned since.
The open road is the most dangerous place you take yourself every day. For your own safety, it’s crucial you’re the most aware driver out there. People get distracted by just about anything, and when two drivers are not aware, the risk of a collision is much greater.
Traffic laws are put in place to save lives, and it’s in your best interest to follow them. Don't overlook seatbelts, because not buckling up can be the most tragic mistake of your life.
The National Safety Council reports 1,600,000 collisions per year caused by texting while driving. So don’t text and drive. It can always wait until you’re parked.
It is not impressive or worth it to go flying through city streets. Everyone knows your car can go faster than 35 mph. What’s the big rush, anyway? Being late is better than an accident or a speeding ticket.
My last bit of advice to offer new drivers is to stay calm. That's much easier said than done, especially in difficult situations, which could be anything from adverse weather to horrible traffic on the freeway. But it's always easier to make adjustments and corrections when you’re driving with a clear head.