The first thing a new driver needs to do before driving a car is to get acquainted with all the cars safety features and controls. Once you are fully familiar with your vehicle you are ready to start. Before leaving the car make sure it is completely safe for driving. Here is a list of points that you should always check before starting the engine
All books and rocks should be placed in the luggage space giving you more space for driving without obstacles - a safety feature and a comfort feature combined.
Make sure the rear seat of the car is ready. If suddenly any loose items in the rear seat can be thrown out and the damage may occur.
You should enter the car at the edge when practically possible. In some places it is a crime to open the drivers door in some way that creates a danger of driving vehicles.
In cars where this is impractical or in difficult situations extreme weight must be taken. Always approach the drivers door from the front of the car so that you can not fail to see future traffic.
All doors should be locked to prevent them from flying open in a collision and to keep someone from getting into your car if you stop driving.
Check that the parking brake is on to prevent the vehicle from moving. The gear selector must be in Park before you begin.
Make sure the signal lights are working properly. The car must be on to check if they work properly.
Adjust ventilation Excessive hearing will cause drowsiness and poor ventilation can create a carbon monoxide risk.
Adjust the seat so that you can reach all foot pedals comfortably. Also make sure you have free vision at all angles. It may be necessary to use pillows to achieve this.
Adjust all mirrors so that you can tell the position of other vehicles along the way.
Tighten the seat belts. The car must not be put in service until all belts are fixed and adjusted.
Make sure that the brake pedal has resistance when pressed. This indicates that the brake fluid is sufficient in the brake lines and that the brakes function properly. If the hydraulic brakes do not work do not attempt to get to a garage but have the car towed there with a trailer.
Be attentive but relaxed. You are no longer a pedestrian. You have commanded a powerful machine that can give thousands of miles of service and satisfaction but that can also destroy life and property.
Preparing to drive
Being ready to drive is an important event in a youths life. Are you emotionally prepared to drive? Are you ready to concentrate all your attention on driving? Do you have the necessary safe attitude for competent and efficient driving? Are you willing to overlook the mistakes of other drivers? If the answers to all these questions are yes then youre ready to start.
Check that the parking brake is on.
Press and hold the brake pedal with the right foot. The vehicle must not move until you are ready. This step also tests the brakes for proper operation and is an excellent safety measure.
If the brake works correctly you will not be able to push the pedal all the way to the floor
Move the dial to Drive. This is the mode for normal driving in most cars.
Place your hands on the steering wheel in position ten and two.
Always look behind you. Using the mirrors is not enough there is a blind spot that must be checked by looking over your left shoulder.
Indicate your intentions to inform other drivers what you intend to do. Even in this practice phase you should perform each step as if you had regular traffic. That way the right techniques will soon become the second nature and you will make the transition from the training area to the busy street with a minimum of difficulty.
Remove your right foot from the brake and place it on the accelerator pedal. Your left foot should only be used to engage the parking brake and change the driving light from low to high and back
Release the parking brake
Gently press the accelerator pedal. Smooth driving is the mark of an expert
Check traffic again and move out when the road is ready. Always check traffic again.
You are on your way now. Look forward and get the full picture. Know what lies behind you left right and front
When you prepare to quick check your blind spot signal and then drag over to the side of the road when the road is ready.
Brake to an even stop. Place the gear selector in Park turn off the ignition and remove the key. Switch on the parking brake and lock all doors if you leave the car. Leave through the edge side if possible.