Safe driving starts with inspecting your vehicle to make certain that all the gear is in good condition. And the rest of the tasks depend on your capability to analyze the circumstances that arises as you drive along the road. Always respond fittingly in order that you and your passengers are safe. Keep in mind that you cannot control what other drivers do on the road, even their manner of driving. Nevertheless, the best advice that a novice driver could get is to keep calm and drive safely.
Below are the things that you can perform to make certain that you will reach your destination safely:
1. Inspect your car to ensure that the gears such as headlights, brake lights, hazard lights and turn signals are in perfect condition. Employ rear view mirror to assist you in checking the rear lights, or you can also seek for the help of a friend and ask them to look the rear of your car to see whether the rear lights are actually working.
2. Ensure that the windshield, horn, seat belts and brakes function efficiently. Moreover, make sure that floor mat on the driver's area cannot be lodge and make the gas pedal stick. Check the tires and compare the air pressure in your tires to the suggested air pressure in your car's handbook. Make sure that is sufficiently supplied with air pressure.
3. Keep your eyes to the road. See all the things that are happening in the roadway, even if you are driving in road with no traffic. Maintain presence of mind while driving and always prepare yourself to whatever may appear right in front of you like cow walking across the highway. Keep yourself composed and ready to stop at all times. Drive unhurriedly and do not exceed the speed limit to decrease the braking time.
4. Keep distance from all other vehicles present on the road, which is commonly known as the three-second gap. Spot a stationary item on the road, and count to three from the time the car in the lead passes that object. If you get ahead of it before you have counted to three lessen your driving speed until you reach the three-second gap, then sustain that pace.
5. Check the rear view and side mirrors of your automobile from time to time, change lanes or modify your course even if you are not planning to turn. Once in a while, try to move your head around so you can perceive your "blind spots" in your side mirrors. But make sure that you have checked the road ahead to guarantee that it is safe.
6. Foresee what other drivers and pedestrians are going to do. Avoid vehicle or pedestrians that are moving sporadically or belligerently. Never let yourself get into squabble with delinquent people on the road. If you perceive any precarious or illegal activity, pull over and report it to the police.
7. Follow all local traffic rules and road signs. In addition, keep yourself up-to-date with the current traffic laws and policies wherever you drive your car.