It is said that if all the rule books of the ethical living were reduced to a single maxim, it would be ‘love thy neighbours’. Unfortunately, driving training is more nuanced than ethics-try as much as I can, or should I say, categorical imperatives, I have only managed to sum up the safe driving practice. Here is the holy trinity that all drivers, new and old alike, should observe.
Use turn signals
A signal must be drilled into new drivers’ minds at each turn so that this becomes an instinct by daily practice. Experienced drivers should also never forget this most basic lesson. Often make a signal before turning: note, a turn is ‘light turn.’ Often search your shoulder blind spot to see the parts your mirror couldn’t see. Always be confident that a car is right behind you, but not always visible in a mirror, to check your blind spot.
Alert at crossroads
Intersections are the place where most injuries occur. When approaching stops do not forget your driving lessons-make sure your car stops absolutely, then check left and right and, again before you cross the intersection, check right and right. Reduce your speed at the exit signs and keep ready on the brake pedal only when no other vehicles are visible.
Exercise makes it perfect
When continuously and diligently practised, driving strategies become a way of life. Soon you won’t have to recall rules and hypothesis because doing what you practice at your driving lessons becomes instinct. New drivers can execute several manoeuvres during practising, such as parallel parking, three-point turns, or U-turns. Look for parking spaces and other vacant places where you can execute these manoeuvres and mimic the proximity of other vehicles with road cones.