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Essential skills for new drivers in North Carolina

Learning how to drive is an important part of everyone's life in North Carolina. With so many highways and backroads, it's easy for one to get lost if they don't know where they are driving. Here are some essential skills for new drivers that should help them feel comfortable when behind the wheel.

A new driver, no matter their age, should learn the vehicle inside and out before going for their first driving lesson. The tutorial should include all of the buttons, safety features and how to change a tire. You never know when any of this will come in handy, which is why preparation is key when driving a vehicle.

Teach the new driver how to check the mirrors, look for wear and tear on the tires and that they should always scan for hazards when driving. The first time the new driver gets behind the wheel it should be done in a controlled environment with little to no traffic. This can be on a backroad, side street, or in an empty parking lot.

Go over the following checklist with your new driver as they learn the rules of the road:

  • Turn signal use
  • Speed when turning
  • How to change lanes
  • How to merge into traffic
  • Driving in a school zone
  • Maintaining speed
  • Right of way
  • Using intersections with stop signs and traffic lights
  • Using turn lanes
  • Sharing the roads
  • How to accelerate smoothly
  • Yielding to an emergency vehicle

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our Wilson firm to discuss your case, learn about your rights and find out how you can recover damages for injuries suffered.

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