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Five pieces of advice to refresh one’s driving skills

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUGetting a driver’s license is considered an important accomplishment in life. Most Latvians pass the exam around the age of 18. However, not all of them continue improving their driving skills and knowledge after first passing the exam. Safe Driving School and Circle K urge residents to check five pieces of advice that can help consider future steps to help improve driving skills and become confident about driving skills.

«If a person does not drive their vehicle on a regular basis, it is entirely possible that his or her skills may suffer from the lack of practice. Before becoming involved in road traffic, more and more often residents turn to qualified instructors to help dispel fears and risks, as well as learn to make independent decisions,» says Safe Driving School’s education process director Edmunds Ozolnieks.

Professional instructor or good friend – which one to pick?

It is possible to refresh one’s driving skills through self-training. However, such an independent approach does include many negative sides to it. The first step towards refreshing driving skills is not being shy to ask advice from experienced instructors. Most of the time, however, decisions are based on the financial aspect of asking for advice. In most cases, people turn to their friends for advice. This sometimes results in people arguing and eventually dropping lessons altogether. If the desired result from training is safe and responsible driving, a neutral person should be the best choice for a driving instructor.

Safety first – always reread traffic rules

To improve overall traffic safety, new and improved regulations are added constantly. Because of the constantly changing situation, drivers should constantly follow changing rules and regulations. Online tests at Safe Driving School’s website and Road Safety Directorate can help check one’s overall knowledge in realistic situations.

Memorize the daily route

As demonstrated by resent surveys, one of the most common arguments as to why many drivers do not use their vehicles on a daily basis is that there is always someone else ready to carry them to their destination. However, once they have to drive their car on their own, fear and uncertainty quickly take over. The only way to improve driving skills is by using them. A good place to start is memorizing the everyday route – whether a person drives to a store, kindergarten, the market or any other important location.

Practice is needed all the time

There is only one reason for refreshing driving skills – becoming more familiar with the vehicle and knowing how to act in different situations. Similar to languages and other important skills – without regular practice, driving skills become poorer with time. If a person gets his or her license and then puts it on the shelf, skills suffer and regress. It also means the person spent time and money for nothing. «Only once a person gets behind the steering wheel, turns on the engine and starts driving is it possible to learn the driving culture and technical sides,» Ozolnieks explains.

Safe driving in complicated weather condition

Without becoming involved in road traffic, technical skills remain, whereas practical ones do not. It is important to take into account that theoretical knowledge is nothing if it cannot be applied practically. One important factor for safe driving is knowledge of weather conditions – how they affect vehicle behaviour. Because of that, it is advised to practice driving a car with an instructor under heavy rain, snowfall or when the roads are icy. It is advised to use an empty space to practice driving skills to avoid endangering other traffic participants.


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