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There is enough good advice in the official Boy Scout law and motto to prepare any first-time car owner for anything. Taking the life step of buying your first car can be daunting, so use these principles to tackle and avoid problems. Most of them have something to do with driver attitudes and behavior. A first-time car owner and a Boy Scout should be all these things.
Be sure to have an updated license, good insurance, and a car that is reliable. Your first car ownership experience should be safe and encouraging.
There is a good chance that buying your first car will invite the attention of friends and family. Be a loyal driver by understanding that passengers are precious cargo, and you are responsible for their safety.
If you see an accidents and emergency vehicles lend assistance, or proceed with caution. Remember, hefty fines can be given for not yielding in certain situations.
Observe the law, posted and otherwise. Everyone shares the road. Also, the first-time car buyer experience can go more smoothly if you are friendly toward your local car dealer and bikers.
Defensive driving is the key tenant to avoiding accidents and tickets. Yes, courtesy is rare on today's roadways. Taking risks however, could mean having to deal with the law or accidents. Be courteous as you drive and navigate the roads.
This is similar to being courteous, but extends into going the extra mile. Wanton aggression is never necessary when driving. Don't cut people off in crosswalks. Wait to go slowly around cyclists and heavy loads.
While this probably has the most application when it comes to addressing a police officer, in short, obey the law!
Don't drive angry. This is a serious problem on today’s road. About one third of all driving accidents are caused by someone experiencing some form of road rage.
Unless you are independently wealthy, do not overspend on a first car purchase. This is especially true if you are a younger person. Being reasonable on a first car purchase will allow you to gauge how car expenses will affect your life. It will also allow you to budget for insurance, fuel, repairs, and general maintenance.
Learn basic skills like changing flat tires, checking fluids, and driving in icy conditions. This will go a long way to making you a safe and secure driver. When emergencies happen, you can address them without hesitation.
Keep you first car clean inside and out. This will garner a better resale value when you make the decision to buy your second. The condition of a car's interior also speaks volumes about the owner to other people.
Respect people on and off the road. Drive defensively, and don't practice bad habits like blasting music, or screeching tires in residential areas.
The knowledge and behavior of a car's owner dictates how a first car will perform. Vehicles are wonderful tools that can be used responsibly, or irresponsibly. Used responsibly, they enhance life in many ways. This includes traveling freedom, greater work opportunities, and lower insurance rates. Used irresponsibly, there is no telling the extent of trouble that can arise. When you finally purchase you first car, always keep in mind the Boy Scout Motto,“Be prepared!” Know your car inside and out. Understand traffic laws even better. Know where you can receive excellent financial and legal advice if something unforeseen ever happens.