You’ve just got your license! Fantastic! Now you can drive in your vehicle, you can ferry people around, and you can go on adventures into the wilderness. Or can you?
Stop right there, because the first thing you want to learn as a new driver being plunged into the deep end is to drive slowly. Forgot about the fool behind you honking because you’re driving 1 mph under the speed limit, and pay no attention to the people who cut into the oncoming lane just to overtake you. There are many benefits to driving slowly especially if you are a new driver, but here are just a couple of reasons why you should be taking it easy.
Even if you have been living in the area you drive in for ten years, driving around is a completely different experience and you need to get used to how to road feels, how your car feels, and the generally get accustomed to driving. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are; getting used to a new area takes time and you need to drive slowly if you want to avoid accidents because you turned too sharply or don’t know the speed limits in your area. Make sure to carry a GPS device with you or use your phone to help you navigate and learn the roads more quickly. Once you have a grasp of what it’s like to drive, then you can speed up a little.
It can be stressful trying to match the speed that other cars are driving at especially if you are inexperienced. We’ve all been in that situation where we’re driving along at a leisurely pace when suddenly a car honks at you from behind or zooms across the other lane. Not only is that dangerous, but it’s also one of the leading causes of accidents. The last thing you want is to have a car accident on your hands to deal with. Luckily, you can get legal help after car wreck incidents and, assuming you don’t do anything to provoke the other driver, you’ll usually get some compensation from your insurance company.
Imagine this situation; you’re driving down the road slightly above the speed limit to pick up your children from school. You speed past a light just as it turns red, and suddenly another car comes barrelling towards you from the left and slams into your vehicle. This could lead to serious injuries, heavy repair costs, and worst of all, maybe even death. This all could have been avoided if you drove a little slower and noticed that the light was about to turn red. Instead of trying to speed past and make it, you could’ve slowed down, spend a minute waiting, and been a tiny bit later to pick up your kids from school. Better to be late than to never shower up.
Driving slowly can actually help you reduce the cost of fuel. By simply cutting down your speed a little and driving at a steady and slow pace instead of constantly accelerating and stopping, you could make substantial savings on your fuel costs which will reduce your overall car maintenance costs and make your wallet happier.