Swerve Driving School provides adult driving lessons for novice drivers and refresher courses for experienced drivers. Our instructors are certified, friendly, and knowledgeable. You will learn all the essential aspects of safe driving, including defensive driving techniques, proper handling of different road conditions, and more. Here are seven tips to help you become a better driver:
1. Minimize Distractions
When driving, your full attention should be on the road and your surroundings. Avoid using your cell phone, adjusting the radio, eating, or drinking while driving. These distractions can take your focus away from the road and increase the risk of an accident. If you need to make a call or eat, pull over and stop in an appropriate area.
2. Take a Break When Necessary
Driving for long periods can be tiring, which may lead to mistakes. Take breaks between long drives, especially if you’re sleepy or exhausted. Have some snacks and stretch your legs for several minutes. That can help your mind relax and help you focus on the road again. If possible, switch drivers with a companion or friend so you can rest.
3. Be Extra Careful During Bad Weather
Bad weather presents dangerous driving conditions. Ice and heavy rain can increase the risk of skidding. Stay alert and drive below the speed limit. Leave a larger gap between you and other vehicles to reduce the risk of hitting the car in front of you when braking. You should also switch on your headlights during rainy or cloudy weather to help other drivers see you.
4. Check Your Vehicle Before Driving
You may be a careful driver, but a defect in your car can put you and other people at risk. Check under the car for fluid leaks because they may cause your brakes, steering, or radiator to fail. Your tires should be inflated appropriately and shouldn’t have excessive wear to avoid bursts that could cause a crash. Other things to check are the lights, windshield wipers, mirrors, and brakes. Refresher driving lessons at Swerve Driving School can help you learn more about the best procedures for vehicle inspection.
5. Stay Calm Under Pressure
You may encounter aggressive drivers or experience sudden changes in the road. In such situations, take a deep breath and focus on your driving. Don’t get involved in aggressive driving with other drivers. This can be dangerous and distracting. If the other driver is driving recklessly, stay away from them as much as possible or call the police.
6. Be Predictable
Confusion can lead to accidents, so let other drivers know your intentions. Use indicators to let people know when you’re changing lanes or turning, and keep a steady speed so other drivers can anticipate your movements. Hand signals can also be helpful if your blinkers aren’t working. If you’re ever in doubt, wait until it’s safe to make your move.
7. Refresh Your Knowledge From Time to Time
Even experienced drivers can make mistakes or forget important safety tips. Take a refresher course at Swerve Driving School to update yourself on the latest traffic laws and regulations. The courses can help you brush up on your basic driving knowledge and learn to anticipate potential hazards. They may also boost your confidence, making you a better driver.
Sign Up for Adult Driving Lessons Today
At Swerve Driving School, we want you to become a safe, responsible, and confident driver. Whether you are new to driving, need to improve your skills, or wish to remove a traffic violation, we have informative and engaging programs. Our certified instructors will guide you through each lesson, making you feel comfortable as you learn. Enroll today to start your driving lessons.