Learning to drive is an exciting milestone but can also be intimidating, especially for new drivers. Here are some of the common mistakes learner drivers tend to make and how you can avoid them as you navigate the roads of Ireland.
- Skipping observations: One of the biggest errors new drivers make after completing their EDT lessons is that they stop checking properly. The full observation should be undertaken before moving off. Always. Cutting these corners only results in forming a bad habit.
- Failing to use turn signals: Using your turn signals is not an option. It helps other drivers and pedestrians anticipate your next move. Always signal your intention to turn or change lanes, and do so in advance to give other drivers time to react. Also build a good habit.
- Driving too fast: Speeding is a leading cause of accidents in Ireland and the number fault in learner drivers after they’ve come back for some pretests. Obey the speed limit and adjust your speed according to the road conditions, weather, and traffic. The worst thing you can do on your driving test is speed!
- Tailgating: Following too closely to the vehicle in front of you is not only dangerous and will certainly award you grade 2’s if not a grade 3 Fail on the big day. You should be able to see the tyres of the vehicle in front of you.
- Not wearing a seatbelt: Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for all occupants of a vehicle. This one is simple. Wear your seatbelt.
- Breaking traffic lights: Applying more gas on the approach to an amber light is breaking through a red light. It’s incredibly dangerous. Trying to beat the light can result in a fatality, Don’t do it.
- Distracted driving: Using your phone while driving, eating, applying makeup, or anything else that takes your focus off the road is a recipe for disaster. Always keep your eyes on the road, and avoid distractions.
- Not yielding to pedestrians: Pedestrians have the right of way too, and it’s important to yield to them as well as cars. Be aware of pedestrians, especially in busy urban areas.
- Failure to maintain your vehicle: Regular maintenance is essential for safe driving. Keep your vehicle in good condition, and avoid the stress of failed NCT’s or being refused on the day of the test.