If you’re learning to drive you’re bound to make mistakes at first. Even after you’ve passed your test you’ll find yourself making silly mistakes for the first few months, everyone does it!
However there are a few driving mistakes that learners are guilty of committing over and over again. At Mini Tuition we’re here to teach you good driving habits and help you cut these mistakes out. Here are 5 of the commonest learner driver mistakes:
Forgetting to use the indicators
I know, I know, there’s a lot to remember when you first start driving and you’re so busy checking mirrors and getting into the right position on the road that little things like putting on your indicators may sometimes slip your mind… However it’s extremely important to remember to signal in plenty of time of making your move so that other motorists know exactly what you’re planning on doing. The same goes for cancelling your indicators if they fail to cancel themselves!
Crossing your hands over on the steering wheel
When using the steering wheel always remember to feed the wheel through your hands rather than crossing your hands over or you could get marked down on your test. Your hands should be positioned on the wheel at “ten to two” and you should hold the steering wheel firmly, never letting it move around freely.
As a learner driver you may find it difficult to judge how long it’s going to take to come to a stop and when you should begin braking. When you brake sharply everyone behind you is forced to brake sharply too as you are not giving enough warning that you are slowing down or coming to a stop. It’s extremely important you make sure that you break gently and in plenty of time to avoid causing an accident.
Not checking mirrors or blind spot
At times learning to drive can be quite stressful and it’s easy for the simplest of things to slip your mind when you’re feeling under stress. As much as “mirror, signal, manoeuvre” is drummed into learner drivers it’s still very easy to forget a mirror check here and there. Make sure you always check your blind spot and mirrors before moving off and check your mirrors before and after turning either left or right.
Cutting people up on roundabouts
When you first start driving roundabouts can seem horrible, confusing and complicated, but once you know the rules they’re really not that bad! The most important thing to remember is to stay in lane when you’re going round the roundabout to avoid cutting up other drivers. The only time you should move lanes on the roundabout is if you’re about to take the next turning off and need to move into the left lane. Always make sure you wait until you’ve completely passed the junction before your turning before you move over and use your mirrors and signal to make sure you’re not cutting anyone up.