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Go to a performance drving school or two. They are not just about performance, they also imbue confidence in routine driving.
this is a great suggestion! it would be well worth it.

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Also never trust your side mirrors there will always be someone driving in your blind spot a small area where you can't see the them in your side mirror or the rear view mirror.
I believe that 99% of drivers on the road today have a better understanding of their car's audio system than they do of their side mirrors. The side mirrors are there to ELIMINATE (or greatly reduce) the blind spot (although I imagine that's not easy in something the size of an Expedition).

If you look at the side mirrors of the car in your lane ahead of you and you can see the driver in them, do not dawdle as you pass because they will NOT see you as you draw alongside! This driver is using his side mirrors to confirm what he has already learned from his interior rear view mirror. This can be an amusing road trip game until you get tired of almost NEVER encountering a car with its mirrors properly adjusted.

If you have all three mirrors properly adjusted, you should be able to track a car that is overtaking you (I know, NO ONE overtakes your ass!)... any way, you can track the car with your interior rear view mirror. That mirror should 'hand off' the view to the side mirror on the side where the car is passing you. As the car passes from that mirror, you should be able to see the car itself at your side with peripheral vision or an eye shift to the side.

All of this can be accomplished without turning your head. When you are as lazy as I am, you make the car do the work for you.

If this is news to anyone reading this...try it. It's a whole new world of driving. One note of caution, though. Sunglasses with thick temples will block your vision and require you to turn your head slightly to make the system work properly.

Buy wraparounds. Oakleys work well.

Also, always remember the first rule of Italian driving.
"Che cosa è dietro voi non è importante."

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I learned twice (almost the hard way) that if you're in the left turn lane, and the light turns green, it doesn't mean go right away for you. Only when the light is a green arrow then it does it mean go right away.

I got my learners permit two months ago.
Not picking on you AM, but remember to still look both ways. Some nut job could be running a red light
as you "go right away"
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I pretty much liked the idea of getting a driving simulator(i will get one)! Ok I hope that practice is the key so i worked out a strategy for gathering confidence with the car and respectively concentration- at first i will drive on streets with less traffic (easier routes), then on bigger boulevards with more traffic and then i will drive on the biggest streets during the peak hours so that i get used.
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PLEASE do *not* talk on a cellular phone while driving. MANY accidents are caused by this, it destroys concentration, it is as bad as drink driving.
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On the first day of ownership I almost hit another car driving in my blind spot. All my cars have blind spot mirrors since, and I don't have to twist my neck. My advice would be to avoid following vehicles you cannot see through (Trucks, Vans, SUV's, cars with dark tint etc. It's good to know what is going on in front of the car you are following. In bright/ day light close one of your eyes shortly before diving into a tunnel. You'll be able to see right away.
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Good idea, but...

Originally Posted by Shane
Go to a performance drving school or two. They are not just about performance, they also imbue confidence in routine driving.
The poster is from BULGARIA, do they have these there?

Likely in Germany, though, maybe a good idea for a driving vacation...
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Not picking on you AM, but remember to still look both ways. Some nut job could be running a red light
as you "go right away"
Yeah. That almost happened to me a few weeks ago. The guy blasted through the red light at maybe 40-45 mph, and I was pissed beyond all reason.

It was because I wasn't paying attention that prevented the accident.

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Lack of concentration is a really problem for 'all' young drivers!

I taught my two daughters to drive, and they both had minor accidents in their first year after passing their test. Fortunately they were minor, and in my view these incidents sharpened up their concentration by 100%.

Of course most young people want to drive with the radio or CD music playing, plus incessant chatter to their friends - all of which reduce their ability to concentrate on their driving.

When our police are being taught 'advanced' driving, the driver must give a 'running commentary' to his instructor of the hazards ahead, and what he is going to do about it.

Try it sometime. It certainly focuses your attention on the road ahead.

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DR: No wings and the glow is from radioactive isotopes...makes it handy because when I get up at night I don't need to turn on a light, the glow (albeit green) makes it easy to see. Combine it with the bluetooth headset flashing and I'm my own Christmas tree. It's just that sometimes even in OT I think it's permissible to give a serious response.

On the performance driving school: I think it's a good idea as well, but most schools offer a more basic defensive/control/handling course for younger drivers and that would be my preferred recommendation. Not that you wouldn't get something from the performance classes, but (1) those are usually significantly more expensive and (2) you won't get as much out of it due in part to your lack of experience.

Keyhole (et als): Many years back (damn double nickel was still in effect...) CHP was out doing revenue enhancement on I-80 near Tahoe, they had 20 officers on both sides of the interstate with aerial surveillance and they were stopping just about everyone (minimum speed in that area was probably 70, I was with 6 other cars in a loosely-spaced group doing about 75, we all got pulled over within a few blocks of each other and the aerial folks were calling out more cars and plates over the loudspeakers emanating from the patrol cars...). So I went to traffic school to discharge the points. Here in CA you pay the state the amount of the fine (!) just for the right to go to the school, then you pay the school's independent fee, plus an administrative fee. Very slick setup. At least you avoid points and the insurance company doesn't know to raise your rates.

At any rate there was a girl in the class, had just turned 17 a few weeks before, and she had already ROLLED 2 vehicles and crashed another. I'm not sure what she hoped to learn from her repeat attendance in traffic school, but I don't think concentration was her basic issue. Perhaps when you've rolled two vehicles in your first year after getting your license you should think about taking a few years off from driving, period. Good grief.

At any rate, MG, these are the kind of folks with whom you'll be sharing the road. Between the mindless twits and aging gits (my apologies, DR, but I can't resist the stupid rhyme!), you've got your work cut out for you. Add in chatting, cell phones, smoking, audio systems, etc., and it's amazing any of us get anywhere unscathed.

Now if I can just get down off my soapbox without twisting my ankle...

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