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Do I Have Bad Driving Habits? Identifying Obstacles Before PDA

Ask Yourself: Do I Have Bad Driving Habits? A Short Guide for PDA Test Prep”

Learning to drive can be fraught with challenges; unfortunately, bad habits are part of the journey. Whether you’re a seasoned driver or a newcomer, it’s essential to recognise these habits to ensure safety on the road. Let’s explore ten of the most common problematic tendencies faced by driving learners during the Practical Driving Assessment.

1. Palming

Palming, a practice where drivers use the palm of their hand to rotate the steering wheel, is a widespread issue. This reduces control and precision while steering, risking safety. Instead, maintain a firm grip on the wheel with both hands at the ‘ten and two’ or ‘quarter to three’ position.

2. Poor or No Blind Spot Checks (Over the Shoulder Checks)

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Often, novice drivers neglect to check their blind spots, leading to perilous situations. Properly positioned mirrors can’t cover all areas, thus making over-the-shoulder checks vital to detect vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians in your blind spot before lane changes or turns.

3. Coasting Around Corners

Coasting, or travelling in neutral or with the clutch pressed down, reduces vehicle control. Around corners, it can cause your car to move too fast or behave unpredictably. Maintain gear engagement until you’ve navigated the corner safely.

4. Coasting to a Halt

Similar to coasting around corners, coasting to a halt can make it difficult to respond quickly if the need arises. It’s better to approach stops gradually, downshifting if necessary, and maintain control of the vehicle at all times.

5. Rolling Through STOP Signs

A rolling stop, or failing to come to a complete halt at a STOP sign, is not only illegal but also hazardous. A full stop gives you time to observe other road users adequately, so never underestimate its importance.

6. Hustling Into the Intersection at Lights

Rushing into an intersection as soon as the light turns green can be dangerous. Always pause, look both ways and proceed only when you’re sure it’s safe.

7. Poor Turning Around Technique

Turning around incorrectly, often seen as poor execution of a three-point turn or U-turn, is a typical blunder. Practise these maneuvers under safe, controlled conditions until you can perform them smoothly and confidently.

8. Unsafe or Illegal Maneuvers

Bad Driving Habits - Dovetail Driving School Northern Suburbs Carine, WA 6020 Whether it’s a prohibited U-turn, a lane change without signalling, or cutting corners, these actions are not only against the law, but they’re also dangerous. Familiarise yourself with road rules and stick to them diligently.

9. Poor Parking Techniques

Inaccurate parking, whether parallel, perpendicular, or angle, often signifies a lack of understanding of spatial dimensions. Spend time practising parking in various scenarios to hone your skills.

10. Excessive Speed

Speeding is a deadly habit, contributing to a significant number of accidents each year. Remember, speed limits are there for a reason. Keep a vigilant eye on your speedometer and always adhere to the posted speed limits.

Addressing these common mistakes is key to improving your driving skills and successfully passing the Practical Driving Assessment. Always remember that safety is paramount when navigating the open road. Happy and safe driving to all!

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