So, you’ve earned your license, got your first car, and you’re officially a driver. Congratulations are in order but don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. Your life as a driver has just begun and there are still plenty of mistakes that can cost you money, time, and your own safety. You have more to learn, so where do you begin your further education?
Don’t neglect ongoing training
Driving instructors will help you learn what you need to know to drive safely, but there’s always more to learn. For instance, driving on the freeway can be an entirely different experience that a lot of new drivers find they aren’t entirely prepared for, and there are courses that specialize in that and other similar specific situations. In time, you might want to ensure your driving is up to scratch with refresher courses, as well. Earning your license should be the first step in your training, not the end-all and be-all.
Time, attention, and care
Your instructor likely didn’t cover the realities of owning a car, either. In particular, you want to learn more about to maintain and care for your vehicle. This includes not just cleaning and changing fluids but making certain replacements like brake pads and air filters. You can save a lot of money by going to auto body repair supplies yourself instead of always relying on a mechanic. What’s more, learning how to change a tire and jumpstart a car can save you when you break down out in the middle of the road, too.
A focus on safety
You should always be working to improve your awareness of safety on the road and the risks you should avoid, too. Be aware of the causes of most accidents, from speeding and driving under the influence to distracted and drowsy driving. A great way to make yourself more safety conscious on the road is to take a defensive driving course. Defensive driving is a discipline in which you actively endeavor to be aware of the road and the other vehicles surrounding you, as well as factors that could reduce the amount of reaction time you have when faced with dangerous situations.
How it impacts your wallet
Cars are expensive and if you’re not taking care of your costs, you’re going to learn that sooner than later. Driving safer and maintaining your car are going to cut down on repair costs. You can save on your insurance, too, by using black boxes that measure how safe a driver you are so insurance companies can offer a more informed (often lower) price. Make sure you take care to keep the car fuel efficient, too, by avoiding costly habits like idling too much ore braking and accelerating too much. There are a lot of different costs, and a lot of ways to save, so get your education started early.
The truth is that a driver is never done learning. Not if they want to make sure that their car isn’t costing them too much, depreciating too quickly, or endangering them. Always keep your mind in the game and your thoughts on how to become a better, more responsible driver.