Congratulations! You've finally passed one of life's major milestones, and you get to learn how to drive. However, while driving gives you new freedoms and opportunities, it comes with responsibilities and risks as well.
Below, we've given you a list of safety tips you should keep in mind during instruction. At Sunlight Driving School in St George, your safety matters to us, so we want to prepare you as much as possible before you begin driving lessons around Sydney's busy southern suburbs.
Easy Hill Starts
New drivers often have trouble starting on a hill, particularly if they drive a car with a manual transmission. If you drive an automatic transmission, you simply put your foot on the brake pedal, take off the parking brake and wait for an opening in traffic. Your car shouldn't roll backward, even if you take your foot off the brake, but you should only stop braking when you want to move forward.
But if you drive a manual, you'll have to do something more complicated. First, without releasing the parking brake, put your car into first gear. Leave your foot on the clutch pedal, put your other foot on the brake pedal, and take off the parking brake. When you’re ready to move, bring the clutch pedal to the biting point, then quickly move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.
Steering and Braking
When steering and braking, just make sure you do everything smoothly. Don't jerk the wheel, and don't slam on the brakes. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times, and keep your feet flat on the floor when you don't use the pedals. If you need to switch gears, you may take one hand off the wheel.
Driving in Wet Conditions
Typically, if you drive in wet conditions, you simply have to drive slower than usual. Turn on your lights, but not your bright or fog lights. You should only turn those on if you really can't see anything. Leave a much larger distance between you and other drivers as well.
Wet conditions also come with another risk: hydroplaning. If your car loses traction, take your foot off the brake and steer in the direction you've slid until you feel the wheels grip the ground. Then you can correct your course. And if this sounds difficult, don't worry—we'll teach you more during your driving lessons in St George.
Slow down at zebra crossings, near intersections and in commercial or residential areas. Stay aware of all people on sidewalks. Pedestrians always have the right of way.
"Blind spots" refer to the areas in your car where your seat or the chassis blocks your view. Your mirror helps you see around some of these, but it doesn't cover all of them. You'll have to turn around to look in your blind spots before you reverse or change lanes.
When you attend driving lessons in St George, we'll teach you more about defensive driving. Defensive driving involves not using aggressive, dangerous or timid behaviors behind the wheel. It simply means that you drive responsibly and assertively.
To learn more safety tips , contact Sunlight Driving School
to schedule your driving lessons around the St George and Parramatta areas.