You will start off shaky and nervous in the beginning. Accelerating fast and breaking suddenly. Scared you might hit something or somebody or badly injure yourself, but as you get better it will take you places.
As you get better, you will learn to read the signs better. Know your weaknesses/strengths better and avoid going down certain roads.
You will come to realise that learning when to apply breaks is as important if not more, than knowing when to accelerate.
Keep focus on the traffic in the front, but don’t lose focus of what’s behind you as well. Otherwise something from what’s behind may catch you off guard.
Changing lanes based on how fast or slow you want to go, will help you navigate through the traffic better.
More important than overtaking others is reaching your destination.
You could choose if you want to shut yourself from the traffic or roll down the windows to let your hair fly in the wind.
Sometimes shutting yourself completely from the traffic, playing music and escaping into your own world, will make you miss signs other drivers are sending your way. Eventually leading to heated arguments with them. The very thing you wanted to avoid in the first place.
You will now be able to carry more than just yourself on your journeys. More people. More baggage. But just because you can, don’t carry unnecessary baggages with you, you will end up lugging it around all over the place. Travel light!!
The worst kind of people you can carry with you are the back seat drivers, who at every step will give you instructions on what to do. Making you more nervous thereby making more mistakes than usual. You need to make it very clear that you are incharge. It’s your car!
Taking care of your car is as important as learning how to drive it. By making sure that you don’t run out of fuel, ensuring the right air pressure in tyres and regular maintenance checks, reduces the chances of breakdowns.
Be prepared for breakdowns. Always carry your toolkit to help you get going on your way. Don’t be shy to seek professional help incase you feel stuck.
No matter how good you get there are no assurances that there would be no accidents. At some point you will get involved in accidents which will leave dents and marks. Don’t let them make you lose your drive. You will get better at dealing with the situation each time.
So don’t forget to read the signs and always wear your seat belts! 😊
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What great life lessons from learning to drive a car! I wish I had had this list when we were teaching our children to drive. It guess it’s never too late to make the connection. Thanks so much for sharing!
Some great advice here! Like you say, so important to be aware of what is in front of you, and behind you! 🙂
Nice post. A car as a symbolic to life.
Always be prepared for breakdowns and have your repair kit close since even the greatest of cars breakdown; just as the strongest of people break down sometimes too.
So true! I always have an emergency kit in the back in case of a breakdown. You just never know. I have had a flat tire before.
Always have a plan B and be ready for those moments!
When you have alloy wheels one of the worst experiences to encounter is a flat tyre. Thank goodness for the roadside rescue, especially when there is heavy rain.
My boys like to be back seat drivers. I always tell them to be quiet when I am driving as it bothers me.
I have been quite lucky with cars until now so no breakdown or anything but i’ll know how to get ready. You can indeed link those car experiences to real life situations
Nice post and good advice!
I wish I had my driving licence, but I’ve failed a few times. I didn’t really realise that we can learn so much from driving a car and that we can compare these experiences with our life experiences! 🙂
Ha!! Love the article. Great read
So often we just hop in the car and go without even thinking about it. Thanks for taking something so common place and comparing it to something far deeper. Nicely written post.
I like the analogy! And last but the most important.. Seat belts 🙂
I haven’t driven in a long time but I try to turn into my surrounding while jamming to my favorite tunes.
Isn’t it funny how after driving for so long, you don’t realize how much you’ve learned from it?
I am a new driver, I have been driving for around 8 months now and still hate going up hills – on narrow streets. Whilst I do great driving alone, I always get nervous when there are other people in the car with me.
I am not a driver yet and there are a lot of things that I have to learn. Thank you for sharing what you know. I will keep this in mind for the future.
I love how you subtly compare driving to life. What a clever piece of writing. Driving really is a lot like life.
Yes. read the road sign and seat belt is important. Safety comes first!
SO true! I was almost in an accident the other day because someone wasn’t paying attention, but fortunately, I was!
Driving a car is really a serious skills and should not get lightly. This is a great post and very worth reading.
I agree, going through life is like driving. Thanks for the reminder. I need this. This reminds me that I should steer my life in the right direction.
Amazing post. 🌸
And I like the way you write alot.
Thanks a lot!
Good One !!
Sound advice to all!