Your driving experience started as a passenger in the backseat as you were schlepped around by grandparents, parents and aunts and uncles. As you grew older, you were promoted to the front seat and were driven by parents, older siblings or friends. All the years of being a passenger gave you an intimate view of the good and bad habits of your designated driver.
When it came time to drive yourself around, you were possibly already at a disadvantage as you were predisposed to adopting some of the habits of your previous drivers. This however can be corrected with the proper driver training.
While there are many things to learn, there are many mistakes to avoid:
There are basic skills learned in driving school that you should always keep in mind. But sometimes you’re in a rush and don’t take enough time to pay attention to other drivers. That doesn’t mean you should forget the rules of the road and drive carelessly. Some avoidable risks young and old drivers make are; not wearing a seat belt, speeding, failing to keep a proper distance between cars, taking unnecessary risks, not checking your blind spot when changing lanes and having too many passengers in your car.
Even though you should keep your eyes on the road, sometimes you get distracted when standing at a red light or sitting in traffic. Texting, being on the phone, eating, and even putting on makeup takes your attention off the road and can cause accidents. Now it’s illegal for Ontario drivers to text, talk, type and email using their phones and other handheld devices. If caught breaking the law, you’ll face a minimum $490 fine, plus three demerit points upon conviction. Is staring at your screen for 30 seconds worth a fine or even worse death?
Driving impaired is one of the most irresponsible things you can do as a driver. Not only does it put your life in danger, but the wrong turn, breaking late or even running a red light can ruin the lives of others. Driving drunk and under the influence of drugs should be avoided at all time. Even driving tired is risky because you’re cognitively impaired meaning you have trouble concentrating, staying awake, making decisions and have a delayed reaction. So don’t do it. Take a cab, public transit or car pool to avoid impaired driving.
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