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Any driver, young or old, will tell you that driving comes with practice and, no matter how long you've been driving for; there is always something new to learn.
However, there are some basic skills that you can work on in an attempt to make yourself a better, safer driver and, hopefully help to keep your young drivers insurance premium relatively low:
1.) Get in the car with the right mental attitude
Before you get behind the wheel of the car it's vitally important to have the right attitude. Ensure you are calm and patient - both when you're learning the rules of the road and once you've qualified. As long as you remain calm whilst on the road the more enjoyable the drive will be and you will find it far easier to pick up good driving techniques.
It's important to have strong self discipline when driving, especially when faced with busy roads and other, inconsiderate road users (and they are out there). You should obey speed limits and traffic signs as it can improve your driving and make you a far better, more considerate driver in the process. This will also help to reduce accidents and cut down on the need to claim on your young drivers insurance.
3.) Know Road Laws
Any driving instructor will tell you that the Highway Code is essentially your best friend when out on the road as it basically outlines what you can and cannot do when out driving. Fortunately, as a learner driver, you are made to study this little book to ensure you are well aware of the road laws and other road users. However, if you haven't read this for a few years then it is worth updating yourself on it as the Highway Code does get changed every so often to accommodate for new laws and regulations.
4.) Focus on the road
As a driver you need to be able to focus on what is going on - especially on the road ahead. This is what you need to be concentrating on, no matter what other events happened during the course of the day. So make sure you drive with a clear head and worry about the rest later.
5.) Anticipate and plan
Always anticipate when something may happen - for example, traffic slowing or cars emerging from side roads, etc. It is vitally important to keep an eye on everything that is going on around you when out on the road as you never know what's around the bend.
6.) Driving Skill
Any good driving instructor can teach you how to drive your car, whether it's accelerating, braking or switching gears. The more driving practice you get, the better driver you will become. It is really important, especially when you have passengers in your car, to make sure the drive is smooth and safe for all concerned. As long as you practice on a regular basis your driving skills should improve quickly.
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