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What Are You Driving?

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Learning to drive is a rite of passage that for many teenagers marks a rather large leap towards adulthood. The process can be multi-faceted with regards to the driving lessons you take and the driving skills you acquire. As well as learning to drive, people have to deal with court proceedings, legislation and intimidating bike riders, motorists and pedestrians on the road. So what does a teenager want to learn when he/she starts to learn how to drive? A very basic skill, without which getting a driving license is virtually impossible.

A driving course is essential for anyone looking to learn the art of driving and being considered roadworthy. Not everyone can or wants to take on the subject (depending on individual needs) but for those who can, there is a driving school that will suit their circumstances. The most important part of any driving lesson is the vehicle they are using. The best driving lessons are those that take place in a vehicle that is actually fitted with dual control, meaning independent steering and brakes on both sides. The instructor will know how to handle the vehicle so that the pupil feels comfortable and at ease; the right to steer and the brake is his/her own body.

For the beginner, it is better to start driving on a trainee licence, as it is the legal requirement to drive out of the headlights whilst learner drivers are still learning the art of driving. This is because the glare of the sun can harm the vision of the learner. An adequate driving lesson will see the learner driver emerging from the darkness into a lighted area, with the ability to see in the dark. The cramped conditions in which a person learns to drive can in part be blamed on poor visibility. It is a positive goal for both participants and the instructor to have a pupil who can see better in all conditions.

There are many driving schools that specialise in this area and in the lucky ones who have the correct cars for this training, can ensure that punctual and safe driving lessons are undertaken. For many though, it is necessary to purchase cars that can accommodate the additional controls and luxuries that such training takes place in. The larger cars are perfect for this; as their larger size allows for more room for the trainers, pupils and controls. In addition, larger vehicles also have the added advantage of being more aerodynamic.

Many driving schools will certainly recommend that a vehicle be as good as possible, in order to aid the safety of pupils and the other road users. The professional trainer will inform the learner of any potential flaws in the car and recommend suitable replacements, should the need for them arises. The purchase of learner controlled cars for the trainer is usually the most expensive option, as the car is most likely to be extremely new and may be relatively expensive to fix. The option to hire or lease the car is usually the most feasible one, as it is typically required to carry out most of the complex maintenance work themselves, making the overall cost of hire and lease reasonable.

If it is a business, driving lessons are also an essential aspect of getting the appropriate certification to drive legally. Most businesses will not wish to employ an untrained driver; this, in turn, will lead to the training car owner engaging in illegal practices such as parking fines, which have the potential to greatly damage the business. With a recognised driving instructor and car, a business owner can be certain that their drivers are trained for every situation and legal in all countries.

If a driving school is working for the government (or works in partnership with them), there are additional benefits that a vehicle such as this provides. Road safety will be improved through the training of staff, as well as passengers. Even something as simple as a set of traffic lights will have a positive impact on road safety with this type of training. It can provide invaluable lessons that can have a huge impact on road safety for many, many years. It is only right that this training is sought as part of gaining the right licence to drive. The positive benefit for both learner drivers and those in charge of large vehicles such as trucks and buses is a safer environment for everyone.