Post Reply Just got back from my 1st time behind the wheel....
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Posted 9/19/15 , edited 9/19/15
I just got back from my 1st time behind the wheel my mom is teaching me and my sisters how to drive I was nervous but everything went fine any tips for next time?
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Posted 9/19/15 , edited 9/19/15
Here is some advice based on my own experiences:

Practice parallel parking a lot. Your DMV may have a practice area for this purpose.

You can also practice the "course" the DMV instructors use, if people you know have gotten their licenses there, they might be able to tell you what streets the instructors take you on. This way you may remember where the stops signs are and don't blow past them because you weren't looking

Depending on the quality of your area's road system, some DMVs may have streets that are easier to navigate than others (eg traffic congestion, visibility of signage, width of road, etc).

Don't run red lights in front of the state police barracks

Finally, don't get out of the car with the engine still running, and the door still open, in your haste to get your picture taken for your license
Posted 9/19/15
Drive defensively.

Now get out.
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Posted 9/19/15
I was so nervous the first time I took my drivers test I was told I should not drive. I drove anyways and failed the Drivers test for permit. If your hyper like I was just make sure you get in a lot more driving practice than the required amount needed. Extra driving practice really helped me to calm my nerves. Took Drivers test again 6 months later and passed with flying colors. When you do take the Drivers test D.M.V. allows for no more than 5 driving mistakes, i made 3 and still passed.
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Posted 9/19/15
Driving is pretty easy in my opinion once you have a feel for where your vehicle is in relation to everything around you. So, if you haven't already, it may help you feel more comfortable if you make sure you're familiar with the perspective granted by being in the driver's seat.

Probably easiest to do when parked and with a second person who can move around the car and act as a visual reference.. Get a general idea of where the car's blind spots are, where lines and/or objects appear to be versus where they actually are, etc.
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Posted 9/19/15
^Getting a feel for driving and for the vehicle is important. Practice in an open space without much traffic first, like a parking lot. You'll get better as you keep doing it.

Try not to seize up and become tense. It makes it harder for you to react effectively and makes you tired.
Posted 9/19/15
I've never driven and have no intention of, but my advice is don't cut off pedestrians.

I think that's the worst thing drivers can do.
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Posted 9/19/15
Thanks you guys for the advice!
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