Are you making these common driving mistakes?

Getting behind the wheels can be tough for new drivers. But, just like every skill, driving is an expertise that can be mastered.  

Here are the most common driving mistakes beginners make: 

 

  • Using high-octane or other premium fuel 
  • Disposition mirrors 
  • Over-accelerating 
  • Driving through deep puddles 
  • Tailgating 
  • Panicking or Getting Aggressive 
  • Not Being Attentive 
  • Driving Myopia 
  • Driving on under-inflated tyres 

Using a premium fuel 

Unless your car requires premium fuel, using it in your vehicle won’t make it a supercar. Running your car on a high price fuel will not only cause you more money but, it can even damage your machine. 

Use the fuel recommended by a manufacturer, to avoid any inconvenience or problem. 

Misadjusting Rear and Side-View Mirrors 

You should position your rear-view mirror in such a way that it enables you to view the entire back window. 

Similarly, the side-mirror should also be adjusted to eliminate the blind spots and have a clear view of the road. 

Accelerating Too Much 

Over speeding will not only put your life in danger but it is a threat for other people on the road as well. If you over-accelerate, it will reduce your car’s mileage. 

Trying to drive over standing water 

Deep puddles can harm your vehicle. The water can reach the ignition and can even damage the engine. Surprisingly, all-terrain SUVs or cars with summer tyres (which are best for wet conditions) can float away in intense puddles. 

You cannot judge the depth by simply looking at it, so the best way would be to take another route. If you decide to go the other way, reduce your speed and don’t use brakes while passing the standing water. Also, don’t forget to dry up your brakes after passing over the water as wet brakes can increase the risk of hydroplaning. 

Tailgating 

Many beginners don’t realise how big of a disaster occurs as a result of tailgating. You should maintain enough distance so that if the car in front of you stops suddenly, you have enough room to hit the brake and stop your car. Experts suggest you should maintain a distance of at least 3 seconds from the vehicle next to you. 

Panicking or getting aggressive 

The road is the most common place where a person’s patience is tested. The first rule of driving is to never lose your cool. Whether someone cuts you off or fails to signal before making a move, you have to stay content and calm. 

If you feel someone is harassing you or is driving recklessly, report them to the police. 

Not Being Attentive 

Staying alert is crucial to safe driving. By staying attentive you can avoid threats like bad drivers, crossing animals or someone crossing the road in a careless manner.  

 

Driving Myopia 

If you only look at the surface near you while you are behind the wheels, you won’t be able to foresee any roadblock or accident. Avoid looking too narrowly. If the height of your car is small, follow other cars which are bigger because the driver of these cars have a better view of the road and can see any uncertainty ahead of time. 

If abruptly, trucks and buses start changing lanes. Follow them because they must have seen something unpleasant ahead of them. 

 

Driving on Low tyre Pressure 

Despite of being the only part of the vehicle which connects to the road — tyres are the most overlooked component of the automobile. Whether you are maintaining truck and bus tyres or standard car tyres, the tyre pressure is the first thing that you need to take care of. 

A common mistake that beginners make is driving on a low-pressure tyre. Check your tyre regularly before you get behind the wheel. You should be more careful about the tyre especially after a weather change or if you took your car for a long drive recently.  

Failing to notice low tyre pressure can lead to tyre blowouts and loss of control while driving.