The invention of the combustion engine and the automobile has changed the world. It has modernized transportation technology and has allowed people to travel from point A to point B with much more speed, safety, and convenience. Because of this, cars, and driving as a whole, has made its niche in the modern world, so much so that the skill of driving has been considered as a must-have today. But driving is not as simple as stepping inside a car, steering the wheel and stepping on the pedals. No, it is so much more.
The skill of driving comes with it responsibility. For any self-respecting driver worth his salt, here are three things he must be knowledgeable of.
Going back, driving is not as simple as stepping on the pedals and steering the wheel. When you are driving, you share the road with other motorists. This said, you must know the driving skills to travel safely. You should know how to handle your vehicle in tight spaces, traffic jams, and even off-road scenarios. The skill also extends to knowledge of land navigation. While you can always consult a map, a driver must have a good sense of geographical orientation and direction that he will not be lost for long.
Sure you can drive, but what happens when your car breaks down on the road? All drivers must have the most basic knowledge of automobile maintenance. When your car breaks down, you should know how to troubleshoot and find the problem, and fix it. Basic automobile servicing such as changing a flat tire, cooling the radiator or jumpstarting the battery should be second nature to drivers.
Regardless of your ride, you will be helpless if you don’t know which is which under the hood. If you need to switch out a few parts, know where to get them. You can go online (for Dodge parts, for example) or to the local auto repair shop. Your car is your responsibility. You should not only know how to drive it, but to fix it as well.
It cannot be understated enough that drivers should always know the traffic rules. You may have learned how to drive formally through a driving school, or by the tutelage of a friend or family member. Whichever the case maybe, you should always inform yourself on traffic rules and regulations. Knowing this makes you a responsible driver on the road, and you can ensure you and your passengers’ safety. It will also save you from getting fined by the highway patrol.
Being a driver is a huge responsibility. Don’t be the ignorant one, and train yourself to be responsible on the road.