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So today we want to talk about the subject of first time driving tips. What is important to learn when we first start our driving? And I feel that the most important thing is speed control. We want to have the ability to accelerate and to brake in a nice, calm, smooth manner. So the first time we get in the car, we want to be able to get a feel for the accelerator. We want to realize that you don't have to press too hard on that accelerator to get that car to start to accelerate. It's a nice, smooth touch on the accelerator, and the same thing with the brake. We want to have a nice, easy touch on the brake so that we can stop the car and accelerate the car in a nice, smooth manner. The other thing is our hand position when we're driving. It's nice, soft hands are very important in learning to drive. We don't want a death grip on that wheel. We want nice, soft hands, like pretty much anything that you do in sports, your hands have to be nice and soft. If your hands are soft and you're not real tense, you'll find that you have the ability to steer a car much, much better. You also want to be able to get the big picture when we're driving. We don't want to stare at anything because when you drive, you will follow your eyes. Okay? So if you're looking to the right or you're looking to the left and you're staring at that portion of the vehicle, that's the way the vehicle will move. When people drive a car for the first time, they have a difficult ability to understand how far they are away from the vehicle to the right, and that's because the right side of the vehicle is a little further away from you than the left. So invariably what they usually do is they stare down to the right side, and what happens when you stare to the right, your car will go to the right. So you want to pick your eyes up. You want to keep your eyes ahead of you looking out ahead and you'll find that you follow your eyes. So if your eyes are straight ahead the car will have a better chance of going straight. So again, we want our acceleration and our braking to be nice and smooth. So, the first thing you want to do is get in your car, realize you don't have to press real hard on those pedals to get the car to stop and to get the car to accelerate smoothly. The first time in, get used to the pedals, then get used to your steering, nice smooth hands, nice soft hands will give you the ability to control the vehicle the best. Then, you want to look straight ahead. Remember, you're going to follow your eyes, so you don't want to be staring left or right because that's the way the car's going to go. If you keep your eyes ahead, you'll have a much better chance of going straight.