5 things that they won't teach you at driving schools

Jul 10, 2018 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
There are important things that drivers won't be taught at driving schools but can only learn through practice.

Unlike Australia or Finland, learning to drive at school in some countries is often formalistic so that many people get confused when actually driving on the road. Today, Philkotse.com would like to unveil 5 things that won't be learnt from driving schools but all drivers should be fully aware of.

1. Turn on the headlights in the parking lot

Most modern cars are equipped with parking lights. So, that cars are leaving the parking lot forgetting to turn on headlights is becoming more and more common. Only when the car reaches a dark road, the driver realizes that he needs to turn on the lights. Turning the headlights on is crucial because it helps other drivers and pedestrians to recognize the vehicle.

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Car with headlights turned on 

Turning the headlights on is crucial because it helps other drivers and pedestrians to recognize the vehicle

2. Green light does not always mean "go ahead"

Unlike in the driving school, actual traffic participation requires better awareness in various situations. Normally, when driving on the road and seeing the green light in front, you'll think you need to accelerate to get past the green light. But even if you have the right to run ahead, there are actually other cars and motorcycles that are willing to go through red lights and lead to accidents. The best thing to do is to drive in the traffic light area at normal speed so that you are ready to hit the brakes if something appears in front of you.

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green light on

The best thing to do is to drive in the traffic light area at normal speed even when the green light is on

3. Keep a safe distance

Most drivers want to run close to or even cross the vehicle ahead without realizing that the distance between the cars is too close.

When running behind another vehicle, you should keep the distance far enough to brake safely in the case of a sudden stop. Keeping such a distance could pave a way for another car to get into the middle of the space but less trouble and danger.

cars running in lines

When running behind another vehicle, you should keep the distance far enough to brake safely in the case of a sudden stop

4. Speed up to enter the highway

It is important to know a speed difference between a freeway and a regular street when driving. Drivers should accelerate as fast as possible on the ramp to get used to the speed before entering the highway. Running too slowly can be extremely dangerous because your car may suddenly appear in front of a truck that cannot slow down in time.

vehicles on highway

Drivers should accelerate as fast as possible on the ramp to get used to the speed before entering the highway​

5. Setting night mode for rearview mirrors as needed

Many people do not realize that the car's rearview mirror has a night mode to reduce the glare. Thus, the driver can see the headlights of the car behind accurately without glare. If the car does not automatically do this by the electronic control board, the user can simply drag the small bar at the bottom of the mirror towards him to set the night mode for the rearview mirror. Of course, do not forget to turn this bar when it's no longer needed.

Right rearview mirror

Also, do not forget to turn this bar when it's no longer needed

Hopefully you have learnt useful knowledge from Philkotse.com to improve your safety on the road!