You will learn the requirements for obtaining a driver’s license from driving schools. In fact, you won’t spend much time alone while you’re learning because someone will be seated next to you. The main test, though, comes after getting your license and starting to drive on your own with no one to direct you.
Usually, the first ten minutes go smoothly, but after that, you realize there are some aspects that weren’t covered in driving school. What should you do, for instance, if you get a panic attack? Wait till you enter a parking lot and notice a car glaring at you, attempting to swoop in and take your spot. The issue may be that both of you reached the same conclusion. You don’t know who is entitled to that one parking space, and it’s a waste of time. How do you behave?
Maybe the driving curriculum needs to be refreshed frequently to teach new drivers some tips and get them ready. Even if you’re blessed with loving parents and older siblings, they might give you some driving tips, but you still won’t be prepared. The best drivers are still those who have the most experience since experience is still the best teacher. Certain driving behaviours are undoubtedly taught and ingrained in children at a young age. For instance, driving with consideration. Following is a list of some advice that driving schools ought to teach their students because driving in the real world is a whole other “ball game.”
Know what ABS is and how it may protect you.
A safety feature that avoids wheel lockout during hard braking, maintains road grip and prevents uncontrollable skidding is an anti-lock braking system or ABS. When braking, a car with ABS maintains steerability, allowing drivers to steer around obstructions in the road rather than slamming into them.
While ABS often does not allow for faster stopping, it does:
- Avoid contacting the thing that made you brake.
- Ensure tire traction on slick or rainy surfaces
- faster and more safely round a corner
- When travelling in strong winds, keep high-sided vehicles, such as lorries and vans, from being blown over.
Use your Driving Signal and Cues
You can only communicate with other motorists while driving by using visible and audible signals. As a result, always remember to signal with your turn signal at least five seconds before making a left or right turn. This is so that other drivers will be aware of your intentions and can adjust their speed or yield the right of way as needed.
However, drivers are never supposed to abuse signalling. Use your car’s signalling features to communicate with other drivers, not to order them to do anything. In other words, do not count on them to yield when changing lanes on the motorway or at a crosswalk. Some motorists might miss your signal, while others might decide not to heed it. If you don’t use these signals, an accident can occur but it can be avoided if the right signals are used.
Regularly checking the speedometer
The majority of driving school teachers don’t recommend multitasking while driving. They just emphasize the fact that you should never exceed the posted speed limit in any given region. As a result, new drivers are forced to constantly look at the speedometer to prevent going too fast. As a driver, you must develop multitasking skills. When you drive while distracted by the speedometer, your good intentions turn into a catastrophe when you have a car accident.
Pulling the handbrakes
When you put your car in park, do you still have to pull the handbrakes? Have you forgotten that you purchased a car with an automatic transmission and park gear so you wouldn’t have to worry about this? Don’t you get sick of doing this all the time? Pull it only when necessary. Unless you are parking on a slope, somewhere you think another car might collide with yours, or anywhere your car might be stolen or towed away, you do not need to pull your handbrake whenever you put your car in “park.”
Make mirror adjustments to remove blind spots
Make sure all of your mirrors are adjusted before you leave to remove blind spots. Alternatively, you may purchase an additional blind spot mirror to extend your view range or angle. You can find them here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualities should I search for in a reputable driving school?
They are certified, to start. A list of accredited driving schools in Nigeria is available on the Federal Road Safety Commission website. You can look up the name of the event on the list that you want to attend. You may also conduct research to learn from individuals who have used their services about how effective they are and whether they are true pros. Additionally to having a physical location and operational vehicles for training, a reputable driving school will have both.
Is there any requirement before I get to Driving school?
You must be at least 18 years old to operate a vehicle on Nigerian roads, per the legislation. So it only seems sensible that you begin learning at that age as well. For a learner’s permit, you must also visit the local motor licensing office. This allows you to learn on Nigerian roads while also relieving you of the stress of facing punishment from any task force during your training.
Many of our teachers openly admit that they only teach the fundamentals of the course, and that students are intended to absorb the entire curriculum by independent study and inquiry.
The same is true with learning to drive. As a novice driver, you should also read the entire highway code for theoretical information that you can use on Nigerian roads every day. And the items mentioned above are just a few of the things that driving schools are teaching you incorrectly. You may learn more information between drives, but keep in mind to take your time and get better every day.