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5 Things You’ll Quickly Forget After You Pass Your Driving Test

Passing your driving test is always going to be an exciting time for you. It means that you can explore the road with complete independence. However, you do need to be careful that you don’t forget some of the crucial lessons that you did learn before your driving test. This issue is all too common and here are some examples of the knowledge you must try to hold onto. 

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Maintenance

First, it’s important to try and remember what you were taught about car maintenance. A lot of people forget the lessons they were taught about how to correctly maintain a vehicle. This is a problem because if a car isn’t maintained the right way, then it’s always going to be far more dangerous to drive overall. That’s the last thing that you want. One of the ways that you can stop yourself from forgetting is ensuring that you maintain your car on a set schedule. For instance, you might want to try completing some maintenance every two weeks. 

What type of maintenance are we talking about here? Well, you should definitely guarantee that your car is clean and pay particular attention to the windscreen as well as the windows. If these aren’t clean, then it is going to impact the view that you have of the road. You should also check the engine for any issues and fill up the different liquids as is necessary. This includes everything from the antifreeze to the oil. If you don’t keep these at the right level, then it will impact whether your car engine functions as it should. 

Right Of Way 

We’re not sure why this crucial element of learning to drive starts to slip from the memory, but it certainly does after you’ve passed your driving test. More often than not, you’ll see drivers try and quickly work out who’s right of way it is when they are making a turn. This is an issue, not just because it slows everything down. It could ultimately cause an accident if the wrong decision is made. If your knowledge of right of way is a little hazy at the best of times, then you should make sure that you think about brushing up and researching. That way, you can guarantee you always make the right decision here. 

Trouble With Road Rage 

When you are learning to drive, you will always be taught about the various dangers relating to road rage. It’s important to understand how road rage can impact you as a driver and the steps that you need to take to avoid it causing problems for you on the road. If you encounter an angry driver on the road, it’s important that you don’t sink to their level. You need to make sure that you stay calm and if they do start to put you in danger, you should alert the authorities. You might also want to pull over in an area where there are plenty of witnesses. That way, you can make sure that you don’t end up in a situation where it is just you and them. 

If you feel yourself getting angry with another driver on the road, you need to make sure that you do stay focused. Try counting to ten and take some deep breaths. It’s important that this doesn’t become a distraction because that could lead you to make a serious mistake. 

Weather Woes 

Next, you should consider what you were taught about the weather when learning to drive. It is likely that you were taught to change your driving habits based on the weather situation. For instance, if it’s raining, you need to make sure that you are leaving more space than usual between you and the car in front. Just like the other lessons that we’re discussing, this is something that is quickly forgotten. Instead, drivers tend to keep the same type of driving style regardless of the weather. 

You need to try and make sure that you do avoid this mistake. Before you drive, look at the weather conditions. Think about how it will impact what you can see on the road as well as the level of control that you will have over the vehicle. 

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Parallel Parking 

You might think that knowing how to parallel park is a little like riding a bike. Once you’re taught how to do it, you’ll never forget, but this is not the case and it’s easy to lose this important skill. Particularly, if you do not need to parallel park on a regular basis. That’s why you shouldn’t avoid taking this step when you are out on the road. Instead, if there is an option to parallel park, then you should take it as often as you can. This will keep the skill fresh in your mind and ensure that it isn’t left by the wayside. 

More often than not people fail with parallel parking because they think they need to complete the maneuver in a certain amount of time. More often than not a driver behind you will happily wait for you to get your car into a space rather than rushing. After all, if you rush then you can end up needing to repeat this maneuver multiple times. That will ultimately take far longer than one attempt where you carefully put your car in the right position. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key points and factors that you can forget once you pass your driving test. If you keep these factors on your mind, then you can ensure that they don’t cause trouble for you further down the road. This could include legal problems if you’re careful. 
If you are worried about making mistakes on the road, then you might want to consider taking a refresher course. That way, you can make sure that everything is still fresh in your mind once you complete your test. This is just one of the ways that you can ensure that a mistake on the road doesn’t cost you a fortune in damages or even your car.