Driving a car is not extremely hard, it may feel weird at first but the more you do it the better you will become at performing this fairly easy task. Learning to drive can be a magnificent, amazing yet intimidating experience all at once. It is liberating to know that soon you will be independent and able to go where you desire, when you would like. Before you start the process you will need to get a driver’s permit which will restrict you to driving with a competent driver above the age of 21. Once you have all the required paperwork you will be ready to drive. In most instances a car with an automatic transmission will be preferable. For the purpose of this article, the focus will then be on driving an automatic vehicle.
1)Go in your car and assess the condition of the car. Ensure that the windows are clean and that the indicator, headlights and wipers are all functioning.
2)Adjust the seat position to fit your height. If you are taller than average height then adjusting the steering wheel may also be necessary.
3)Adjust the positioning of the side mirrors. Be sure that you can see objects to the side and especially those that may be in your blind spot. This will be crucial when you are reversing and parallel parking.
4)Adjust your rear-view mirror’s position. This will aid you in seeing the cars behind you and will be extremely necessary when you are merging into other lanes. Your mirrors will give you better visibility and enable you to drive more capably.
5)Fasten your seat belts, remember that a key part of driving is to be safe and secure.
6)Make certain that you are comfortably positioned and ready to drive.
7)Put the key in the ignition and start your car. You may have probably seen this repeated many times and should not be too alarmed by the now purring engine.
8)Place your hands on the steering wheel and ready yourself for the experience. Turn it a couple times to familiarize yourself with the motion. It should feel ready and compliant. If it is stiff then you may need to add some power steering fluid to get it ready for the journey.
9)Depending on how you are parked you may need to drive forward or reverse. It is assumed that you are parked facing inwards, which means you will need to reverse.
10)Press on your brake. This will ensure that your car remains stationary while you find the correct gear.
11)Put your car in reverse. This is usually directly below the P or parking position.
12)Once you have placed your car in reverse you can then depress the hand brake. Look behind you to make certain the road is clear.
13)Gently take your foot off the break and then give the car a bit of gas by stepping on the gas pedal. The car will begin to move backwards.
14)Once the car is in motion turn the car to the desired direction.
15)Once you have entirely reversed it is time to move forward. Press on the brake, put the car in drive, which is usually found below neutral, and continue driving to your chosen location.
16)In this time you should practice your parking: including parallel parking, parking in a regular car space, facing inward and outward.
17)Set up cones that will enable you to exercise your manoeuvring capabilities. Drive forward and also reverse to test how well you can do both activities.
18)At last once you are done parking your car in a secure and appropriate location. Switch off your engine and remove your seat belt. Congratulate yourself on a job well done.
Tips and Warnings
Be sure to check the air in your tires. Also check that your engine, transmission and radiator have the appropriate levels of fluid before driving.
When practising your parking, do so with cones not actual cars to avoid any unnecessary accidents on your first driving trial.
Read about the road codes in your region. Recognize that breaking any of these codes may result in a suspension of your permit.
Practice as often as you can to build up your road confidence and love of driving.