An open letter to students with a new car

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Dear new car owner,

ILLUSTRATION BY ALBERT RODRIGUEZ

School has just started and you kids are out with your new rides. From this day until about August, you will be showing off your wheels acquired after extensive groveling the past school year.

But owning a car is not a right. Like what Uncle Ben Parker [of “Spider-Man” fame] said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Please remember that your parents are not obligated to give you a car, they just gave you one from the goodness of their hearts. And they can easily remove this blessing when you do something stupid. So here are some tips that might just help you keep the privilege of driving a vehicle:

1.) Get an experienced teacher. The last thing you want is to get training from “Dumb and Dumber.” Picking up bad habits is easy when your teacher is not well experienced. A bad driving habit can make you a dangerous driver and can be very difficult to change.

2.) Always ask questions. We find that most young drivers tend to just follow what is being told and not understand the theories behind the concepts. By understanding why things are done in a certain way (like following the speed limit), drivers tend to be safer on the roads.

3.) Learn in a manual transmission vehicle. Although the trend is to go toward automatic-type vehicles, we find that drivers with a background in manual driving have more understanding and control of vehicles. It is also good to be able to drive anything that is available in the garage!

4.) Learn to drive slowly and smoothly before learning to drive fast. Nothing screams more amateur than a car that jerks and stops abruptly.

5). Learn to drive calmly. One of the most difficult things in teaching new drivers is to avoid panicking on the road. Accidents usually happen when kids panic and don’t know what to do with the pedals!

6.) Look far ahead. Have you ever followed a new driver? Does he/she tend to drive so slowly? Most new drivers tend to find things moving very quickly in the car because they look only at what is in front of the hood of the vehicle. Try to scan far ahead. Looking about 4-5 seconds forward gives new drivers more confidence because they have more time to react to what is happening in front of them.

7.) Practice, practice and practice some more. If there is a particular driving skill you are not comfortable with (e.g., hanging or parallel parking), practice. You can do this in the early morning at open parking lots and remote streets in your village. Don’t do this at night, though.

8). Don’t succumb to peer pressure. Your friends can egg you to do some really crazy stuff while driving (racing in the streets, picking up strangers). Remember when things go kaput, it’s not them who will lose their cars or driving privilege, it will be you.

9.) Set up rules with your passengers. Even people riding in the back are required to wear their seatbelts—though reminding them that may not sound cool. But it’s not cooler when your friend ends up in the windshield after an accident.

10.) Concentrate. We cannot emphasize enough that using cell phones, iPads and blasting loud music is a “no-no” while driving. If you are a new driver, the act of driving will take all of your concentration. So don’t get distracted with a call or text—you can always call or text back in a few minutes. Loud music will lessen your awareness of your surroundings, which you would need to figure out what the situation around you is.

With that, we from Tuason Racing School hope that you enjoy your privilege to drive. We are laying on you the big pressure of being a more disciplined generation of motorists, due to the education and exposure you get from your school and extensive “YouTubing.” So represent! We hope you drive well, and make your parents and Uncle Ben  proud.

Sincerely yours,

JP Tuason

Tuason Racing School

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  • Pio Gante

    the letter writer forgot to mention:

    bring lots and lots of common sense:))

  • nick

    nice read

  • oh_noh

    should it be “students new with cars”?

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Free ad for Tuason perhaps?

  • darsmith

    Further, watch out for those nincompoop motorcycle riders

    • Ross

      Isa pa sa nakakainis mga yan :) biglang overtake at galit pa :)

  • WeAry_Bat

    Don’t mind the honking driver behind (unless it looks like an emergency with all lights on and blinking).

    Don’t mind the middle finger and insults as they pass you by.

    It happens even to seasoned drivers I know of managers. They just ignore, they are professional drivers. You should, also.

  • josh_alexei

    can add a few useful tips on top of the already very useful tips of yours..
    1. Make sure you carry sufficient Insurance coverage from a very reputable insurance firm..

    2. Signal your Intention everytime, like making a Right turn, Left turn changing lanes and watch for pedestrians while doing them and always do that BLINDSPOT Check when before lane change (shoulder check)…

    3. Maintain a Safe Distance to the vehicle in Front of not less 2 Seconds..make a marker..when the vehicle in front rear hit that marker start counting when your car front hit that marker before 2 seconds you are following Too Close…

    4..Do not Drive under the influence of Drugs, prescription, or illicit or over the counter, ALCOHOL or Lack of Rest…
    5…and lastly keep that new car maintained properly…

    Having driven for more than 45 years in all seasons, conditions, Snow, and hurricanes, and fog with visibility to down your hood, logging more in the million of miles in many different kind of vehicles, Driving is a pleasure and necessity and you can Avoid all the hazards and dangers if you are prepared and equipt to tackle the Roads and Highways. Be safe all the time…and enjoy the pleasure of Driving.

    • darsmith

      Maintaining safe distance while driving in Manila streets usually gives other drivers opportunity to cut you, thereby making it more perilous. Maintain your eyes on the road always and be alert at all times

      • josh_alexei

        It is even worse if someone cut you off while not in safe distance in someone in front unless your car is equipped with with auto brakes, but then again you’ll get rear ended by someone at our back…Right driving attitude will give you room for evasive action and collision avoidance…I have driven in Manila, the Crowded streets of Manhattan..and the crazy one ways of Philly and it is all the same if you have the right driving attitudes…and if you are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and have sufficient rest, you can drive as long as Ten Hours straight without any trouble at all…with only a few minutes breaks every two hours to stretch and refresh…And once in a while hit as fast as 180 or faster when no one was looking…

  • klepto

    …. AND GET READY WITH SOME CASH FOR THE KOTONG COPS…AND ALSO TO BRIBE TRAFFIC ENFORCERS

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