You might think that driving lessons and your final driving test is going to teach you everything that you need to know about the road. However, don’t be so sure. There could definitely be gaps in your knowledge that you won’t be prepared for. It’s important to be aware of these discrepancies because you’ll need to make sure that you are filling in the blanks yourself. Here are some of the lessons that could be missing.
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Motorcycles Aren’t Supposed To Stop
Have you ever been stuck in traffic and seen a motorcycle weave between the lanes skirting between the lines of cars? This can be frustrating because you might have been stopped still for at least a few hours before this guy came along. You might think that they are breaking the law or at least the rules of the road. However, the reality is that they are doing exactly what they are supposed to. Riders are not to stop unless they absolutely have no other choice. So, you should expect this. You should also not try to close the gaps they are using. Action like this is the cause of numerous motorcycle accident lawsuits.
You Don’t Always Need To Pull Over For The Police
You might think that if you are hailed by a police car then you should always pull over as soon as it is safe for you to do so. However, that’s not the case. If you’re driving alone, you may want to keep driving until you reach a point where there are other people around. Why is this? It’s not unknown for criminals to pretend to be the police on the road in the hope of stealing from you or even hijacking your car. You should be able to avoid this if you wait and stop in a more crowded area. This is particularly recommended if the car attempting to pull you over is unmarked and it’s dark on the road.
The Way You Drive Can Cost You More Money
It is possible that you are trying to stay green on the road. You might not be aware of this, but your driving style can impact how much you use in gas and how often your car will need repairs or maintenance. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to ensure that you are thinking about your driving style. Consider for instance, how hard you are braking. Ideally, you should make sure that you are using a soft braking method where possible.
Don’t forget, this is also going to make you a safer driver. You only need to brake hard if you are unprepared for a hazard on the road. This should hardly ever happen if you are working to remain attentive as a driver.
We hope you see now that there are numerous lessons that you might not be taught about the road when learning to drive. Some of these could definitely catch you by surprise so it’s worth being prepared. That way you can avoid running into issues on the road.