Within the UK there are millions of us across the country who drive and own vehicles. In fact we have one of the highest vehicle to household ratios in Europe. As a result our roads are becoming more congested which means more traffic on the road and more potential for accidents. So when learning to drive it is important to have a good grasp on motoring as well as the hazards and risks involved
The Learning Process
Driving is a skill for life and one that can come in very handy for jobs and travelling across the UK. Driving provides a sense of freedom and allows us to travel between points without having to rely on public transport to get us there. When learning to drive one of the most important things to bear in mind is that unless you need the qualification urgently then it is not a race. Many people go into driving lessons looking to pass as soon as possible and some driving schools encourage this so that they have increased turnover.
However this can often be dangerous as drivers may be put onto the open road after passing their test with little practical experience of driving in treacherous conditions. Learning to drive can vary from taking a few months to a number of weeks depending on how the lessons have been spread out. A good way to help improve your learning experience is to go out in a car with a friend or family member who can drive and get put on their insurance. That way you can learn to drive in their car so long as you are supervised at all times.
Hazards To Be Wary Of
When learning to drive your theory test takes up a big part of the exam. Failure to pass your theory test means that you fail the driving test overall. Reading practice books on the theory test and doing mock tests online can help you to pass the test overall.
One of the biggest hazards you could face on the roads after passing your test is cyclists. Cyclists are permitted to cycle on the roads but are significantly slower than some other traffic . Additionally they can be easy to miss in your mirrors if you are not paying attention to what is around you. Other than cyclists other drivers are another of the roads major hazards. When on the road it is impossible to know what experience each driver has or how they normally drive. Its important to be alert as possible and focused whilst driving as some drivers could make mistakes that could put you in harm’s way. A third form of hazard which you are likely to encounter on the road is potholes. Potholes are holes that appear in the road surface over time due to lack of maintenance. Potholes can deal significant damage to your cars wheels as well as the overall suspension of a car. In order to deal with these hazards it is important to stay vigilant and dodge them when necessary.