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New drivers have to spend some serious time behind the wheel before they are ready to go out on their own and drive on busy roads. Situational awareness is tricky to maintain with so much happening around the vehicle, and knowing what to focus on and when is a skill that comes with experience. This is why new drivers need to learn how to recognize obstacles quickly and apply the brakes safely to avoid collisions.

Tips for new drivers

  • Learn how to brake using the Pivot Method in order to train your foot to stay near the brake pedal and to learn to brake smoothly.

  • Practice hard braking in a large, open, paved space. Slam down on the brake pedal and feel the antilock braking system (ABS) keep the wheels from locking up.

  • Drive on lower-speed curvy roads. Practice braking going into a corner before the car steers left or right. This is good practice in general but it is especially good for learning how to brake safely in slippery conditions.

  • Have an adult or instructor in the passenger seat yell out an imaginary obstacle that would be in front of the car when in a safe area. This will train the new driver’s reaction time.

  • Practice easing off of the brakes while accelerating forward when starting from a stop on an incline.

  • Keep focus on the road further away from the car in order to better predict when braking needs to take place. The longer the driver knows about the need to brake, the smoother it is when they do.


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Eladio

8 years of experience
128 reviews
Eladio
8 years of experience
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio arrived at the scheduled time and was great to work with. He was very professional and I am very satisfied with his work. This was my first time using YourMechanic and I am very pleased with how easy and convenient this service has been from start to finish. Definitely would recommend.
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio was on time, expedient, and very professional. Very pleased with provided service (brake shoes replacement).

Chris

13 years of experience
107 reviews
Chris
13 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Port Richey, Florida
CHRIS IS THE BEST MECHANIC I HAVE EVER MEET IN MY LIFE. HE IS HONEST AND HE KNOWS HIS STUFF. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THANK YOU CHRIS!!!

Pardeep

19 years of experience
587 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Dodge Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Fremont, California
Pradeep was early to my appointment and during his work he showed me that I didn’t need rear brake shoes saving me money.He cleaned and serviced the existing shoes and he also adjusted my parking brake cable. Great job. I will always use Your mechanic for any car repairs.

Oreste

12 years of experience
117 reviews
Oreste
12 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Miami, Florida
Orestes is very professional. He explained what was done to my vehicle and suggested upcoming maintenance needed. Great person

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