We can all remember our first time behind the wheel. Maybe it was a mall parking lot or a back road where your parents let you take the helm, but it is something that stays with you. What also stays with you is your first time on the open road. Besides not hitting anything, there were no rules when you first grabbed the steering wheel, but now you are in a live situation where disobedience to traffic laws can end up in an accident and injury.
With a learner’s permit, you can get your first taste of the rules of the road with someone by your side to guide you through it. Driving is not a skill you want to learn by being throw into the deep end. There is too much risk since you cannot predict all the drivers on the road. Start off slow by driving down some residential roads. Practice timely braking at stop signs and proper usage of blinkers. It is important to learn who has the right of way in all situations to prevent easily avoidable accidents.
As long as you progress gradually through the rules of driving you will find yourself no longer gripping the wheel tightly and being nervous as you drive. The rules build on one another and become second nature before you know it.