Almost got into a car accident and I just got my license?

I got my license about four days ago. Today I was driving on the freeway and the lane was about to end so I was trying to change lanes. I indicated and checked to see if I had room, and before I made the turn I did. But some SUV pulled up right behind me and we almost got into an accident. I guess they must have

I got my license about four days ago. Today I was driving on the freeway and the lane was about to end so I was trying to change lanes. I indicated and checked to see if I had room, and before I made the turn I did. But some SUV pulled up right behind me and we almost got into an accident. I guess they must have been in my blind spit. They honked really loud and I got really anxious. I wasn't in the car alone either, so my brother just kept yelling at me all the way home
After today im really scared to drive and I never want to drive alone. I feel as if I'll get into an accident and hurt the other people around me and that scares me. Otherwise I've only had a few minor mistakes while driving, nothing this big. please help 🙁

Best Answer:

chong: That stuff happens to everyone. The people that get freaked and learn from it do better next time. The people who accept no responsibility and blame everyone else end up rear ending a Police car or something horrid.

You know now that you need to turn and do a "head check" and it's probably a good idea to anticipate lanes ending somewhat sooner than you might have today.

It doesn't mean you're a bad driver. It happens. You need to get back in the car. See if you can go someplace like an empty parking lot and practice learning where your blind spot is and how big it is. Every car is different. You're going to be ok.

I agree with Chuck, your brother needs to make a positive contribution to you learning to drive or get the heck out of the car. Yelling like a butthead isn't helping.

Other answer:

chong:
With experience you should avoid these mistakes. First thing – lanes don't just come to an end, there are usually signs at least a half mile before you get to that point. You should not wait until the last second to make that change. Second – before changing lanes you need to be sure there is no car right there. Blind spots are called that, but if you check your inside and outside rearview mirrors AND look over your shoulder you should have seen that car. If your car is bad in that respect, you can always buy one or two of those bubble (convex) mirrors to stick on the outside ones, they can be very helpful.

Mostly – just learn from your mistakes and don't repeat them – you got lucky here, but in this case no harm no foul – you live and learn.

Sandy:
that happens all the time. You have to drive DEFENSIVELY and look out for what other people are doing, as well as what you're doing. Don't ever assume people see you. Always look to the side before you change lanes. Basic driving 101. Don't give up.
Dan:
You shouldn't be driving on the freeway four days after getting your license. Get more experience on lower-speed roads first.
STEPHEN:
"almost" counts for nothing. When you've been driving for a few years you'll have had a lot of !almosts".
Eric:
idk

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