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Real Driving: A Guide for Beginners and Experts
Do you want to learn how to drive a car or improve your existing driving skills? Do you want to experience the thrill and freedom of driving on different roads and terrains? Do you want to be a safe and responsible driver who can handle any situation on the road? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you.
Real driving is the act of operating a vehicle on public roads, following the traffic rules and regulations, and being aware of the surroundings and potential hazards. Real driving can be a fun, exciting, and rewarding experience, but it also requires a lot of skill, practice, and responsibility. In this article, I will provide you with some useful information and tips on how to learn and improve your real driving skills.
Basic Driving Tips
Before you start your real driving journey, you need to master some basic driving tips that will help you get comfortable with the car's controls, use the pedals correctly, adjust the mirrors and seat properly, steer and signal smoothly, park and reverse easily, etc. Here are some of them:
Adjust the seat so that your feet comfortably reach both pedals. You can adjust your seat forward and backward, as well as up and down. Some cars will have electronic controls (usually on the left side of the seat), while older cars will usually have a lever underneath the seat that lets you control the position of the seat.
Familiarize yourself with the foot pedals. In an automatic car, the two-foot pedals control acceleration and braking, respectively. The rightmost pedal (which is usually smaller than the other pedal) is the accelerator, and pressing down on it makes the car move; the harder you press down on it, the faster the car will move. The pedal to the left (which is usually larger than the accelerator) is the brake pedal, and pressing down on it slows the car down. Even if you feel more confident using your left foot, always use your right foot to reach both pedals. It will feel strange at first if you're left-footed, but getting used to it is very important because it's proper technique and ultimately much safer. Never use both feet at once to reach the pedals. Only use one foot your right foot to use each pedal. This will make it impossible to accidentally press down on both pedals at the same time, which can be dangerous and can damage your car.
Adjust your car's mirrors so that you can see through them clearly and effectively. Your car should have three mirrors: one rear-view mirror, which allows you to see directly behind you and as much of the rear windshield as possible; and two outside mirrors which let you see to either side of the car and protect you from blind spots. Your rear-view mirror should be positioned so that when you're in your normal driving position, you can see directly behind you and as much of the rear windshield as possible. The Society of Automotive Engineers has one recommendation for how to position your outside mirrors in order to eliminate blind spots. It recommends positioning the mirrors further outward than normal, so that they just overlap with the viewing angle of the rear-view mirror.
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Use your turn signals whenever you change lanes or direction. Turn signals are located on either side of the steering wheel and are activated by pushing the lever up (right) or down (left). Turn signals are important because they let other drivers know what you are planning to do, which can prevent accidents and confusion. You should signal at least 100 feet before you turn or change lanes, and you should keep the signal on until you have completed the action. Don't forget to turn off your signal after you have turned or changed lanes, as leaving it on can mislead other drivers and cause problems.
Steer the car smoothly and steadily. Steering is one of the most basic skills of driving, but it can also be one of the most challenging. The key to steering well is to keep your hands on the wheel at all times and to make small and smooth movements. You should hold the steering wheel with both hands at either 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions, or 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. This will give you the best control of the car and allow you to turn easily. To steer the car, you should gently move the wheel in the direction you want to go, without jerking or oversteering. You should also avoid looking at the wheel or your hands, as this can distract you from the road ahead. Instead, look at where you want to go and let your hands follow your eyes.
Park and reverse the car carefully and correctly. Parking and reversing are two skills that require a lot of practice and precision. Parking involves finding a suitable space for your car and maneuvering it into it without hitting anything or anyone. Reversing involves moving your car backwards, usually to get out of a parking spot or a driveway. Both skills require you to use your mirrors, your rear-view camera (if you have one), and your windows to check your surroundings and avoid any obstacles. You should also use the appropriate gear for each situation: for parking, you should use either park (P) or neutral (N) depending on whether you want to lock your wheels or not; for reversing, you should use reverse (R). When parking or reversing, you should always go slowly and carefully, and be ready to brake if needed.
Driving Safety Tips
Real driving is not only about having fun and enjoying the ride, but also about being safe and responsible. Driving safety is crucial for preventing accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road. Driving safety involves following some basic rules and guidelines that will help you avoid distractions, keep a safe distance, wear a seat belt, deal with different weather and road conditions, avoid alcohol and drugs, etc. Here are some of them:
Avoid distractions while driving. Distractions are anything that takes your attention away from the road and reduces your ability to react quickly and correctly. Distractions can be internal (such as thoughts, emotions, fatigue, etc.) or external (such as phone calls, texts, music, passengers, etc.). Distractions can increase your risk of crashing by up to four times. To avoid distractions while driving, you should turn off your phone or put it on silent mode, avoid eating or drinking, limit conversations with passengers, adjust your settings before you start driving, etc.
Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is important because it gives you enough time and space to brake or swerve if something unexpected happens. The safe distance depends on several factors such as your speed, the road condition, the weather condition, etc. A general rule of thumb is to follow the three-second rule: pick a fixed point ahead of you (such as a sign or a tree), and when the vehicle in front of you passes it, start counting "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three". If you pass the same point before you finish counting, you are too close and need to slow down. You should increase this distance if you are driving faster than usual, if the road is wet or slippery, if there is fog or rain, etc.
Wear a seat belt at all times. Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect yourself from serious injuries or death in case of a crash. Seat belts reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45%. Seat belts work by keeping you in place inside the vehicle and preventing you from being thrown out or hitting hard surfaces. You should wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car, regardless of how short or long the trip is. You should also make sure that your seat belt fits properly: it should be snug across your chest and shoulder, and low across your hips. Never put the seat belt under your arm or behind your back.
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Deal with different weather and road conditions. Driving in different weather and road conditions can pose various challenges and risks for drivers. For example, driving in rain, snow, fog, or ice can reduce your visibility, traction, and braking ability. Driving in darkness, glare, or bright sunlight can also affect your vision and perception. Driving in traffic, construction zones, or unfamiliar areas can also increase your stress and confusion. To deal with different weather and road conditions, you should always check the weather forecast and the road status before you start driving, and plan your route accordingly. You should also adjust your speed, distance, and headlights according to the situation. You should also be prepared for emergencies by carrying a first-aid kit, a flashlight, a blanket, a jumper cable, etc.
Avoid alcohol and drugs while driving. Alcohol and drugs are among the leading causes of impaired driving, which is driving under the influence of substances that affect your judgment, coordination, reaction time, and concentration. Impaired driving can significantly increase your risk of crashing and harming yourself or others. Alcohol and drugs can affect your driving ability even in small amounts or after a long time since consumption. The only safe amount of alcohol or drugs to consume before driving is zero. To avoid alcohol and drugs while driving, you should never drink or use any substance that can impair your driving ability before or during driving. You should also avoid getting into a car with a driver who is impaired or who has been drinking or using drugs. If you have been drinking or using drugs, you should find an alternative way to get home, such as calling a taxi, a friend, or a family member.