How does one become a better driver?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 31, 2020 07:32 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 31, 2020 07:32 AM

There are different types of driving and each requires a different set of skills. I’m just going to answer the types relating to the street.

Commuting driver
Patience – don’t ever lose your temper while driving. This makes you make poor decisions which could mean an accident or traffic violation.
Practice road craft – this is a term commonly used by motorcyclist, I think the same concept needs to be taught for car drivers. Most streets are wide enough to accommodate 1.5 cars, you need to place your car in the safest part of the road. Ie- (rhd example) if you are travelling along the road and you see a vehicle on the left who is about to pull out from the side street, the safest way to place your car is on the right most part of your lane for maximum visibility
Learn to predict traffic – Stereotype cars and their drivers. You’ll never be always correct but it might save you from an accident or help make your commute quicker. Ie. You should be able to tell if the car is about to change lanes even before he indicates.

Weekend winding roads fun
Remember that the road isn’t a racetrack – you share the roads with others and you never know what’s around the bend. Always remind yourself what happens if there is a broken down car or a patch of oil on the road, what are your options at your current speed, would you be able to stop on time?
Understand the mechanics of the car. Take time to watch videos of how your brakes work, what wheels are driven on your car and the differences between all 3 types (fwd, red & 4/awd) and how to drive them, how transmission works…etc
Drive the correct lines (not racing lines). Wide entry, right exit. This gives you the most margin for error and gives you the best vision through the corner. Trust me, your friend who is trying to drive the whole racing line in 1 lane will not have an advantage.
Be smooth – all your steering and throttle/brake inputs should be smooth.
Keep calm and enjoy 🙂 don’t worry about your friend being quicker. No one is timing you. If you get caught up in allow traffic, relax look for an opportunity to overtake and repeat. Remember that they have as much of a right to use the roads as you do.

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