Things your instructor never told you...
That means I knew a couple of things about driving that she didn't. Others here are in a similar state as I am, but many are in a similar state to her - young, and only learning (or yearning to learn) to drive.
How about sharing tricks that make your driving easier and/or safer that your driving instructor never taught you?
Here're my starters:
- Reverse is lower gear than first - if you're stuck in a pothole, or trying to get up a hill your car can't quite manage, try again backwards.
- Watch your thumbs - when driving in water, snow or mud, or otherwise uneven ground, keep your thumbs on the steering wheel, not in the "hole" - sudden unevenness can kick the wheel and spin it with enough force to break thumbs, especially if you don't have power steering.
- Brake as you enter a sharp turn, accelerate as you leave it.
- In urban driving, skill beats power every time (me and my 900cc mini could beat my mate and his three-litre Capri Sport across town every time).
- On icy wet roads, slow down gradually with the gears instead of with the brakes