Common Mistakes New Drivers Make and How to Avoid Them

Schools will be starting back up here soon in Brevard County, and many new drivers will be taking to the roads for the first time since driver’s educations. At Cassels Garage, we want the new drivers of Brevard County to know that we are here for you as you step into this new phase of your life. We thought this week we would talk about a few of the common mistakes first-time drivers make. Hopefully, by us letting you know about them, you will be wise and avoid them. Read on!

Speed Control

Many first-time drivers fall under one of two categories: Super speedy or super slow. This is a telltale sign of a new driver. So, our advice would be to just go a little slow until you get a feel of a middle ground. Don’t go speeding off into tomorrow. Follow the speed limit and don’t be going too far below it either, because that can be just as dangerous. If someone is following you, they expect you to be going their speed. Going too slow could cause another driver to rear-end you if they don’t notice your slow speed! So, try to stick with the flow of traffic while still following the limit that was set for you.


It may seem like you have the swing of it, but the second you have something in the car that is a distraction you can put yourself in danger. Even the best drivers get distracted sometimes. So, it is important for you as a new driver to try to avoid anything that might take your eyes and mind off of the road that is in front of you. Don’t allow your mind to wander or allow anything to pull your eyes away from the road. One of the biggest distractions we have all been warned about is texting. Just don’t do it. Save it for when you are completely stopped or not behind the wheel. Sending ‘k’ to Linda can wait.

Peer Pressure

Don’t let other drivers or any passengers pressure you into going faster than you are willing to go. It can feel like the whole world is waiting for you to make that left turn but take your time. Wait until it absolutely clear- then go. Having someone honk at you isn’t the best feeling, but don’t let it pressure you. You’ve got this.

Heavy Braking

It is very important that you understand how to brake correctly. Constant, heavy braking isn’t just bad for other vehicles around you; it can also be bad for your brakes. Learning to ease off the brakes will be better for your vehicle and could also save you from a possible fender bender. Also, no one wants to ride in a car where the driver is constantly slamming on the brakes.

Cassels Garage wants what is best for our customers. To all our new drivers out there, congratulations on this new adventure. We hope you found this blog helpful! Stay safe and come to see us for all of your car servicing needs. We are a family-owned and operated full-service auto repair center right here in Melbourne, Fl. Come in today for any and all of your vehicle’s needs.