"Driving is a priveledge not a right"
That's a serious statement to hit you with, so early in your learning process, isn't it? There's a reason for that and thats because driving is a serious subject. It's not meant to be fun like a trip to Alton Towers, Blackpool or other entertainment centres.
For lots of learners it's the first visit to adult life, and it can be quite diffcult to understand that as a driver you are responsible for the lives of not just yourself, your passengers and other road users effectively everybody involved in every specific drive.
Confidence beats experience !
Lots of learner drivers struggle to learn to drive and then all of a sudden it starts to click and becomes easier. This can lull them them into a false sense of security. The positive side is once it clicks, the confidence does rise but in lots of cases this can turn into over-confidence. The problem now is that now you can move your car confidently and your driving lessons are going well, unfortunately your lack of experience comes in to play in that you start to take unnecessary risks. PLEASE, PLEASE when you drive don't let your confidence beat your experience.
Even passing your driving test doesn't mean you are a great driver, all it really means is YOU HAVE MET THE MINIMUM STANDARD TO START DRIVING ALONE. There will be so many situations that you haven't yet experienced, and haven't even imagined could happen. Once you have passed your test and have access to your own car, start in quiet places, remember the comfort blanket of someone else stepping in if something goes wrong, has gone. You are now the one with ALL THE RESPONSIBILITY.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PASSENGERS
Not all passengers in your car have chosen to be with you for example babies and children. If they are with you in the car it is highly likely you have put them there. You now have responsibility for there well being. If you are late braker and bang your head on the head restraint every time you stop, think how that effects the child as well. If you take un-necessary risks how are you going to feel if something happens and you all end up in intensive care. It doesn't matter who's fault you think it is, I can assure you it isn't the childs fault.
Peer pressure - Its so easy to bow to peer pressure when driving. You MUST remember to drive to your own limits and not find yourself being told what to do or when to do something.
- "GO FASTER"
- "TURN HERE"
- "TURN THE MUSIC UP"
All of the above are examples of your passengers trying to control the driving environment. The only person in control of the environment is YOU THE DRIVER !
- YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE CAR
- YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR PASSENGERS
- YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHER ROAD USERS.
All of this means you need to be 100% ready to drive and nothing should affect your driving. Your passengers are not going to get points on their licence and fined because your car did something you didn't want it to.
DRINK AND DRUGS.
Both alcohol and drugs will affect your driving, and I personally have a zero tolerance on both alcohol and drugs when driving. They both have negative effects on your reflexes, concentration and confidence.
Take a look at this link of a "drink driver" as he is arrested at the scene for killing a seven year old girl. THIS COULD BE YOU !!