come prove yourself highways

In a previous post, I suggested adding a few elements to the ICBC recommended practice list for new drivers, one of which is highway driving.

Highway driving, with its extended runs, allows for the adjustment of steering, gas, and brake controls to accommodate much higher speeds, which many initially fear. Additionally, long vision and reading signs far into the distance are crucial for effectively and safely changing lanes and managing highway speeds.

I use highway driving as a proving ground for two main skills: speed and lane changes. It also allows new drivers to recalibrate their basic skills and prove they can adjust to a slightly new environment.

Speed often carries the fearful belief that it is the cause of danger. Extended, straight driving on the highway at speeds of 90 km/h or more soon shows that speed is not the enemy. In fact, speed helps with straight steering due to the powerful forces pushing you forward. Gentle steering is the key to control, as is long vision to read road signs, traffic movements, and lane positioning far ahead.

Basic controls of gas and brakes are also emphasized. Many new drivers are surprised by how much stronger gas and brakes are needed as they navigate a wider range of speed options.

This extended highway driving helps new drivers develop a calm relationship with speed, teaching them the flow concept of moving with other cars and the importance of respecting traffic flows.

Next, practice exits and entries, allowing the new driver to apply all the skills mentioned above.

Highway driving is an excellent proving ground for new drivers after they have mastered basic maneuvers and big vision skills. It may even be fun!


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