How to become a better driver in 2019

By: Bargain Auto Centre   |   31 Dec 2018

It takes a whole lot of skill, knowledge, and confidence to stay safe on the roads, especially when dealing with winter conditions, which is why it is a great idea to do all you can to continuously improve your driving. Here we will look at some of the many easy things you can do to become a better driver in 2019.

Take a course

Regardless of whether you are a new driver or have years of experience under your belt, there is always room for improvement, and there is no better way to do so than by investing in a professional driver training course. Some of your many great options include winter driving programs, defensive driving courses, or take your skills to the next level by investing in racing school.

Ditch the distractions

You are next to no chance of being in control of your vehicle if you are dealing with distractions, so get rid of any of those that you can. If you can’t keep your hands off your phone, turn it off and put it somewhere out of reach; if you tend to get carried away singing to your favourite tunes, turn off the music; or if it is your passengers distracting you, tell them to keep the noise down or find a ride with someone else.

Slow down

No matter how great a driver you may be, you can’t control what other drivers, pedestrians, or even wildlife will do; therefore, staying safe will always be a whole lot easier with a little extra time on your side. Slowing your speed is guaranteed to help, particularly when dealing with wet, cold, or icy conditions, when stopping your vehicle will always take a little longer than usual.

Work on your weaknesses

Whether your Achilles heel is reverse parking, driving at night, towing a trailer, or dealing with winter conditions, take some time to turn those weaknesses into strengths. Simply find a safe and quiet place in your local neighbourhood and practice until you’ve got those tricky manoeuvers mastered. If you could use a few tips, advice, or even just some moral support, bring a friend or family member along for those all-important practice sessions.

Plan ahead

Whether you are heading across town or right across the country, the better prepared you are for the drive the easier it will be. Get into the habit of researching your route ahead of time and keep an eye on the weather so that you can avoid the worst of the conditions. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and beverages for the drive as well; after all, it’ll be much easier to stay alert if you aren’t hungry or thirsty.

It is a lot easier to stay safe on the road when you’ve got a quality vehicle to work with and there is no better place to find a great ride than here at Bargain Auto Centre. Just give us a call, connect online, or drop by and test drive something special today here at 11141 156 Street NW Edmonton.

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