Good Driving Skills Need to Safe Driving

The main skills are decent eye hand coordination combined with strong spatial relationships skills.

It has been said that driving is the only human activity that everyone seems to try and achieve harmony and common cooperation because failure to comply is catastrophic for both parties.

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good driving skills

Eyesight – it is essential to be able to see in order to drive well. Some people have drivers licenses with vision in only one eye, but the depth perception of two eyes is very beneficial

Hands – it is required that you have at least one working hand in order to drive.

Feet or two hands – If you don’t have any feet, then you need two hands.

Fine motor skills – if you have trouble moving your hands or feet in a coordinated fashion or operating switches, then you’ll have trouble driving.

A functioning brain – you must be awake and alert and intelligent enough to remember how to do things and follow directions in order to drive.

What are some good driving skills?

If you obtained your license then I’ll go ahead and assume you have at least basic driving skills, and there are already some good detailed answers here. I’ll simplify things a bit with mine.

The single most impotortant thing I have learned through the years is that driving and strong emotions do not mix well.

As my grandfather used to say about a lot of different things, “you gotta be cool as a cucumber.”

This can be difficult when traffic is heavy and it seems everyone around you is out ruin your day, but it is a must if staying clear of accidents is a goal you would like to achieve.

I like to take the “pilot” approach to drive, and that means doing a “pre-flight” inspection several times a week…oil, brake fluid/coolant level checks, tire pressure check with visual inspection.

Then out on the road, my eyes are continually shifting from my immediate surroundings to several hundred feet ahead, and I don’t trust other drivers to do what they should more than I absolutely have to.

Then out on the road my eyes are constantly shifting from my immediate surroundings to several hundred feet ahead, and I don’t trust other drivers to do what they should more than I absolutely have to.

In crowded urban environments I switch to “fighter pilot” mode and imagine I’m in the skies above the English channel during the height of WW2.

Constantly scan your surroundings, anticipate possible moves by enemy fighters, (type A personalities that are running late to work) and plan ahead for your own.

Above all, you have to suppress any road rage you may have, as that is nearly always transmitted directly to the steering wheel, throttle and brakes.

“Cool as a cucumber” and quick but smooth/unemotional evasive maneuvers can get you out of most situations without a scratch. Wikihow shows some more follow them
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driving skills

Good driving skills & Tips

1. To give a steering input in a linear way. Try practising 90 deg/ sec from lock to lock. Then go to 45deg/sec. Then go to a level that you are able to do 5 deg/sec.

Once you reach this level, you should be able to do this while driving, being able to do lane changes at any possible steering input rates. Then once you master this, learn to counter steer to staighten the vehicle.

2.  Learn how to judiciously use your clutch. Never ride on the clutch pedal.

3.  By pressing any pedal, you should be able to make an estimate of the pedal effort upto 1kg accuracy and pedal travel up to 10mm accuracy.

4. You should be able to shift gears and accurately tell about the shift quality in terms of notchiness, double bumps, drag, travel, effort etc.

5. Learn how to judge the extremities of the body of any car. Helps a lot in maneurability.

6. Learn how not to use the brakes and control the vehicle using engine braking (If you learn this skill well, it can be life saving)

7. Donot give any sudden inputs to the vehicle that can cause it to misbehave.

8. Learn how to drive in a way to get maximum/minimum fuel economy.

9. Be very sharp with your senses, eventually u’ll realise that your eyes, ears, hands, legs and buttocks can talk to the vehicle.

10. Learn how to drive safe, without disturbing traffic that is around you. Be patient when you drive.

the most valuable skills while learning driving?

  • Driving is a process of body automation to the techniques of driving. Do it right from day one.

  • Before you begin driving, you must understand the vehicle characteristics. You must know how the engine, steering, brakes etc behave in certain situations.
  • The most vital part of any vehicle is the ‘contact patch’ of tires with the road surface.
  • If the surface is even, dry and tarmac your car steering, power transmission and braking will be at its best subject to the conditions of your tires, engine and other parts.
  • So you must always keep in mind the car ahead of you and look at the contact patches and not at the body size for the safety. Your tyre pressure should be according to recommended pressure by the manufacturer for better mileage, steering, and the braking. Many people fill more air which means your car loses traction so often beside the comfort level goes down.
  • Rear view mirrors on both sides should be focused on the rear bumper corners and also on the road around the bumpers. People mostly focus the mirrors on the road for the traffic.  This is wrong. There is a mirror in the middle of inside the car for rear traffic view.
  • Hold your steering with both the hands right on the right and middle of the steering ring. I’ve noticed many drivers holding the centre of the wheel spoke for style. This way you will be wasting a crucial second to negotiate a situation.  Every micro second is important in an accident situation.
  • Usually a car has 5 forward and 1 reverse gear.  There are actually 4 forward gears and the 5th gear is an override for cruising beyond 70 KMs. People generally engage the 5th gear at even 30 km speed. This is wrong.
  • Gear shift depends on the engine RPM that defines the power band. As a thumb rule for the cars,  one should shift the gears as under:

    – 1st to 2nd at 15 kms
    – 2nd to 3rd at 25 kms
    – 3rd to 4th at 35 kms
    – 5th gear should be used only after 70 kph speed is reached.

    This is how you can get an optimal fuel average and your engine will last longer. Remember the 1st gear is the lowest in motor sports terminology.
  • While driving down the slope do not shift to the neutral gear or high gear. Most people do so to save on fuel. This is a myth. As long as the throttle is not pressed, the engine runs in idling speed for which the fuel is taken in through an idling circuit. So if you climb down in in the lowest gear, the vehicle will use engine brake to slow down but there will be no fuel used despite the fact the engine RPM will increase. All the modern cars have ‘short throw’  gears which are nimble. Use them without showing the signs of struggle.
  • The most important aspect of driving is ‘anticipation‘ that can help you to avoid accidents and save on fuel.
  • Follow traffic rules. You can never win on the roads. You can never be ahead of all the traffic because there is always someone ahead of you. So just chill and hold your wits. Keep your head on your shoulders and stop behaving like many illiterate or ignorant commercial drivers with no dignity for self and the others.
  • Front brakes, of all kinds of vehicles including 2 wheelers, are more important than the rear brakes coz they give 75% contribution to stop a vehicle. Don’t ignore your tyres and brakes.
  • Drive safe, enjoy the surroundings and have respect for others. You can always drive but you must live.

If I’ve left some topics, do let me know in the comments.

Edit: Ever wondered why do nails often penetrate the rear tyres? The culprit is the front tyre. It picks the nail and shoots at the rear like a bullet.

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