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Three Mistakes To Avoid Making During Driving School

When you sign up for driving school, you can expect to receive a comprehensive education that will familiarize you with the rules of the road and teach you how to be a safe driver. While these lessons are taught in the classroom, you'll get a chance to practice everything when the rubber meets the road. You shouldn't drive tentatively because you're worrying about making mistakes; it's better to have an oversight in this setting than during your actual driving test. However, if you avoid making some common miscues, you'll avoid wasting teaching time that could otherwise be spent learning about some of the more intricate details of driving. Here are three mistakes that you can avoid when you're behind the wheel.

Getting Tunnel Vision

Many drivers fall into the habit of training their eyes directly on the road in front of them or, if following a vehicle, looking directly at the back end of the vehicle. Doing so is a bad habit and one that will cost you when you take your driving test. Take advantage of driving with an instructor from your driving school to get into the habit of keeping your eyes moving. The general rule to remember is to move your eyes about every two seconds. You should be looking ahead of you, checking your three mirrors and also looking out your windows. Keep your glances brief; you simply need to quickly observe these different areas, not focus on them at length.

Following Too Closely

It's easy to follow too closely behind the motorist ahead of you. The concern with doing so is that you won't be able to react if the driver brakes suddenly. Make a point of backing off to increase your following distance. The rule to remember is that you should keep at least three seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle of the driver you're following. You can estimate this interval by counting the seconds from the time the other motorist passes a landmark to the point that you pass it, too.

Failing To Shoulder Check

When properly positioned, your vehicle's mirrors can help you be aware of any hazards around you. However, you shouldn't strictly rely on these mirrors. It's also important to always check over your shoulder when you're changing lanes, about to make a turn or preparing to park. Doing so provides you with a clear picture of your blind spots and is something that your driving instructor will stress. It's best to learn this safe-driving habit before your actual test.

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