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Getting your driver’s license opens a whole new world up to you which would otherwise be left off limits. All of a sudden, you have the freedom to go where you want, when you want, without having to rely on the fickle ways of public transport, or lifts provided by friends and relatives.
Of course, as everyone knows, driving is also pretty dangerous, with large numbers of people getting involved in serious car accidents each year — many of them fatal.
It’s for that reason why a good insurance policy and a good car accident lawyer can be essential in protecting yourself financially and legally in the case of an accident. But, of course, your top priority should be to avoid an accident altogether — particularly for the sake of your health.
So without further ado, here are some things you can do as a new driver, to become safer on the road.
Practice as much as possible
This might seem like a bit of a Catch 22 situation. On the one hand, the best way to become a safer driver, is to practice driving more often. But on the other hand, driving more often as a new driver potentially increases your odds of having an accident on the road.
Unfortunately, there’s no real way out of this conundrum, but there are certain things you can do to ensure that you get the practice you need while minimising your risk of a serious accident.
For starters, drive every day as a new driver, but try to stick to familiar and fairly simple routes. As you become more comfortable behind the wheel, go on longer drives, on more tricky routes. Try and strike the right balance, but ensure you’re practising on a regular basis.
Learn to relax and take your time on the road
Stress and anxiety on the road are perhaps some of the most frequent underlying causes of accidents.
There are various reasons for this, but one of the key reasons is the fact that the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to panic, fail to properly take stock of your surroundings, and act hastily and rashly. Another reason why anxiety on the road will increase your risk of an accident, is that you are likely to be pushed around and manipulated by other drivers on the road.
If, for example, you’re driving near the speed limit but don’t feel comfortable with going faster — and then the car behind you hoots at you — you may be pressured into speeding up and losing control of your car.
Learn to relax and stay Zen on the road.
Get more rest in your day-to-day life
Driving tired is one of the primary causes of accidents, and falling asleep at the wheel is a very real and fatal issue which occurs in far too many fatal accidents.
Even being a bit dozy can ruin your reaction time and make you a more dangerous driver.
To remedy this, focus on getting more sleep, and resting more in your day-to-day life, especially just before doing a demanding drive.