It is ironic how we can say that the good die young due to bad driving. Following the road rules, for many, is a hindrance. To some it just plays into reverse psychology; if you see a stop sign, then don't stop!
There is, however, nothing funny, romantic or butch about having to dump whatever is left of your car into the scrapyard. And that, would be the least of your worries. If you can't think about the safety of not only your life but of those who drive alongside you, maybe you could think of the money it will take to repair your car and yourself.
It's understandable for most new drivers to get carried away and feel, well, invincible, when they get their first car. No matter how awesome you think you are, you're still mortal. So, to help you keep yourself safe, here's a list of things that you should not do when you drive your car.
Top 11 Common Driving Mistakes New Drivers Make
Bear in mind that these things are done not only by new drivers on the road for the first time, but also by people who think they possess an above average control over their vehicles.
With many U.S states already banning cell phone texts while driving and the situation of Heather Hurd's death (January, 2008) prompting the banning of cell phone usage while driving, we need to realize the seriousness of the fact that drivers should simply refrain from using anything that's distracting while driving.
Also, most cars require at least 120 to 150 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph. Which means the driver in the back car has little or no time to hit the brakes when the driver in the front car does. A major issue here is the attitude of the tailgating driver. They are in most cases, aggressive and cocky or people trying to question the others authority.
Younger kids tend to get carried away with booze and a set of wheels more than someone who is older than 22. No matter how strong-willed and fast you think you are, alcohol and marijuana will always increase your callousness and lower your reaction time.
However, there are still a lot of new drivers that refuse to use a seat belt. The biggest reason for that is the need to look good and to prove they can do things their way. The age bracket of 17 to 21 contains new drivers that wear seat belts the least.
Not stopping at the stop sign, callously taking hard-edged turns or breaking the signal are some of the things that will get you killed on the road.
Pushing Physical Limits
The anomaly in the group of new and young drivers that are taking to the roads are the ones that don't really understand their own limits.
Distractions Within the Car
This happens more with teens than mature new drivers. Not all of them have cars, so they end up cramming up together in one car; maybe 5 or even 6 teens in a car meant for 4. Chances are there will be plenty of distractions for the driver due to the commotion inside the car, making it difficult to concentrate on the road.
It is too easy for inexperienced drivers to lose control of their cars and meet with an accident. And then there's the problem of money when it comes to high-end sports cars.
Failing to Maintain Your Car
Another problem with new drivers is their inexperience about the working and maintenance of the car. 'If the car still works, then you don't need to get it fixed' is a bad thing to follow.
Most problems don't really manifest themselves until it is too late, by which time you could be in the middle of a highway in bustling traffic, or in the city in the middle of a crowded street.
Now that you know the common mistakes, you need to be cautious, aware and responsible when you're on the road. Because if you drive carelessly, you don't just risk your own life, but the lives of others as well.