Driving an automobile is increasingly becoming one of man’s basic skills for a slew of reasons. Practicality is one, while gender equality is also another factor.
Anyone can drive a car, and your gender, social standing or age, does not matter—taking formal driving lessons is choosing the right path to driving wisdom.
Westway Driving School, a driving school in Hammersmith owned and run by a veteran driving instructor, provides essential driving tips. This includes the following:
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times and carry out your cockpit drill before your start driving.
- Being mindful of your mobile phone is a deterrent to driving as it serves as a distraction. Pull over or go park if you really need to use it. It is illegal to talk to someone on your phone while driving.
- Listening to music can be a distraction, especially if it is on too loud. You may not be able to hear important sounds such as other vehicles honking or an approaching train.
- Seatbelts are a must and the law enforces that any driver or passenger aged 14 and over is required to fasten it on while in the vehicle. A seatbelt can prevent injuries, and it can even save your life in the unfortunate event of an accident.
- Cruising around a city such as London requires the skills only learned through experience. A busy town or city entails having to deal with road hazards, unpredictable drivers, parked vehicles, buses and roadwork construction.
You can apply for a provisional driving licence at the age of 15 years and nine months. And when you turn 17, you can start manning the wheel. The provisional driving licence is a requirement for anyone learning how to take on the road, as well as an ‘L’ plate on the car you are learning in.
Aside from theory, road safety (like defensive driving) and understanding road signs and symbols, formal driving lessons can teach road etiquette, making you a real and respectable driver.