Driving a car for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience that will leave you with a lot of anxiety. The best way to combat anxiety is to take a deep breath and slowly process your thoughts. Have faith and believe in yourself. The first step to success is believing you can conquer all.
There’s nothing to fear
Regulate your breathing the moment you feel anxiety knocking at your door. Take deep, slow breaths and count backwards from ten. By regulating your breathing you will feel more calm and in control. The saying “practice makes perfect,” has proven itself over and over again. Practice your driving in a quiet area, where you can get used to stopping, turning, signalling, reversing, and so on. Doing this will aid you in learning how to control the vehicle and where to find the controls without having to look at them. Be sure to take your vehicle to roadworthy testing centres to ensure all vehicle controls are in order. You’ll be at ease due to the fact that there’ll be no other traffic to worry about. When you feel more confident, move your way up to driving on busier roads.
Know your road rules
Familiarise yourself with the K53 rules of the road. When the rules are fresh in your memory, you are less likely to make a mistake. Remember, not every driver follows the rules of the road, but ignoring the law can land you in trouble with the traffic authorities or cause a fatal accident.
Ensure that you are well aware of what the road signs mean, what the traffic laws are, that you understand the right of way when driving in busy traffic and other road instructions. As a learner driver from Pretoria or Cape Town, you have two years before your learners license expires, take this time to learn how to drive and apply what you have learned regarding the K53.
Be vigilant of other road users
Driving in traffic can be scary at first, but once you get used to cars driving all around you, it will become second nature. Tailgaters can be an absolute nightmare for any first time driver, but to get rid of them all you have to do is slightly tap your brakes to indicate to the driver behind you that they are driving to close. Maintaining a safe following distance is a sure way of knowing you won’t accidentally drive into the person in front of you if you should suddenly hit your brakes.