Habits of Highly Exceptional Drivers

Jitendra Bothra
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For some people, car driving is a necessity and, for some, it is their passion. In either case, the most important thing is to train yourself and develop exceptional driving habits to ensure the safety of your passengers as well as other vehicles on the road.

Here is a list of 5 effective habits of an exceptional driver, along with tips on how to become one.

1) Drives Responsibly At All Times

There is no place for negligence or carelessness while driving a car. It requires situational awareness to become a successful driver. For example, there is a significant risk while driving on highways. Cars might switch lanes without warning or suddenly apply the brakes in case of an emergency. You have to anticipate their behavior and take into account predictable mistakes while driving.

In cities or towns, pedestrians may sometimes jaywalk across the road, coming in your path without warning. This often results in road accidents if they are not able to judge the speed of your car and cross the road safely. Make sure you follow driving protocols, such as controlling the speed limit, giving an indication, and using a horn to make people aware of your presence. Besides, it is always a good idea to drive slowly and carefully in crowded areas full of pedestrians.

2) Creates a Detailed Journey Plan for Long Routes

Long journeys are hectic, especially if they span multiple days. A good driver always prepares a comprehensive driving plan while navigating long-distance routes. It makes your journey smooth and reduces the risks of misadventures.

To create a realistic driving plan, understand your driving capacity, the kilometers you can cover in a day, and whether you want to undertake a day or night journey. Keep a map with you in case you are planning to drive off the grid, and be ready with a backup plan if the car breaks down.

Sometimes, the route you have chosen might be undergoing repairs or have other issues. In such a case, you may need to reroute your journey and develop an instant emergency plan. Consider all these unexpected situations before starting your journey and have detailed maps with you in addition to your conventional navigation apps.

3) Keeps Practicing to Sharpen Driving Skills

Driving is a challenging task that requires concentration, solid judgment, alertness, and efficiency. But as they say, practice makes perfect, you can easily get a hang of driving skills if you drive more often. An exceptional driver is one who is intuitively perceptive, and consistent experience can take your driving skills to that advanced level.

You can sharpen these skills through self-practice or by joining a driving course. Professional trainers can share several driving tips for escaping crowded routes, calculating speed and time, understanding emergency procedures, and reacting during a slide or skid.

4) Always Focuses on the Road

Nobody knows what’s around the corner. For a driver, this is literally true. Therefore, it is your responsibility to understand the situation and face it confidently. Effective driving habits include being super-focused. It allows you to make the right decision at the right time and avoid road mishaps.

It is important to follow basic road safety rules, like not using cellphones while driving, not getting distracted, and not drinking and driving.

5) Ensures Routine Maintenance of the Vehicle

Driving is more than just taking the wheel. A good driver also knows how to take care of their car and ensures that vehicle maintenance is done from time to time. This helps the vehicle function at peak efficiency, with the brakes and the engine working faultlessly. Regular maintenance is every driver’s proactive way of avoiding road accidents due to poorly-functioning vehicles.


In addition, there are other habits a good driver should inculcate, such as being equipped with car-repairing tools, spare tires, checking the blind spot on the rearview and side mirrors, ensuring the lights are working, and knowing all traffic rules. On the personal front, an exceptional driver has confidence, presence of mind, and courage to handle difficult situations.

We hope that these tips help you achieve your goal of becoming capable and confident drivers who ensure the safety of their fellow passengers and everybody else on the road!

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