How to become a more confident driver

May 3rd, 2019 by

Do you feel like you could use a little more confidence when it comes to getting behind the wheel? You’re not alone; a lot of drivers are intimidated by the thought of commandeering their own car. However, it’s easy to become a more confident driver and Toyota of Orlando is here to help. Check out our tips that you can easily and efficiently put into practice on your own to become a more confident driver and feel at home behind the wheel.

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Toyota of Orlando’s tips to make yourself a more confident driver

Tip #1: Practice. 

Practice makes perfect, right? The more you drive, the more of a confident driver you’ll be. And we suggest driving all over Orlando – expose yourself to highways, suburban streets, city traffic, and rural roads. The more you see, the more accustomed you’ll be to it when you see it again!

Tip #2: Hit the road solo. 

It’s tempting to take a copilot with you every time you hit the road for some solidarity – we get it. However, while this is helpful when you first start driving, you shouldn’t make it a habit. Learning how to navigate and safely take on the roads by yourself is a major part of being a confident driver. After all, you may not always have someone available to ride with you.

Tip #3: Educate yourself. 

Knowing the basics of the road can instill major confidence in you as a driver. Learn the rules of the road, the safe driving habits you should be employing when you’re behind the wheel, and teach yourself how to do things like merge, change lanes, drive in bad weather conditions, navigate school zones, handle traffic, etc. You’ll be a better driver for it.

Tip #4: Plan your route. 

Even if you’re hitting the road right here in Orlando, knowing where you’re going and how you’re getting there can make you more confident. Plan your route before you leave the house; you can use the navigation and traffic apps installed in your Toyota (and this will also help you avoid bad traffic and delays). This gives you a better idea of what to expect when you’re out on the road.

Tip #5: Follow the road rules. 

Do you know the basic rules of the road? These include things like how four-way stops work, who has the right of way in certain situations, when to use your turn signals, where to find the speed limits, etc. A basic driver’s ed course (you can even take them online) can help you refresh and cement your knowledge of road rules.

Do you know the ins and outs of what goes on under the hood?

Tip #6: Have a basic knowledge of how your car works. 

It can throw any driver into a pit of anxiety when they see a light come on in the dashboard. Have a basic knowledge of how your Orlando Toyota works under the hood and how to handle common car emergencies like overheating, a flat tire, brakes that stop working, and collisions.

Want more tips on how to be a confident driver or want some info on how your Toyota works? Visit Toyota of Orlando today at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall.