Let’s just say, you clean up nice! Looking like a million dollars and feeling as though you’re on top of the world, you’re taking all steps to make sure you give a good first impression on your first date.

But are you sure you’ve done everything so you can put your best foot forward?

A date at a great (read: expensive) restaurant aside, there is one thing that can ruin your prospects of a second date if you’re not careful: your driving skills.

Here, we offer some details on what you should be aware of when driving, so your date isn’t turned off before you even reach the restaurant!

A Guide to Driving and Dating Etiquette

– Don’t Text and Drive

Aside from being highly irresponsible, if you text and drive, you’re basically showing your date that you’re not a very safe or mature driver. Texting and driving is dangerous and has led to thousands of fatalities in the U.S. So, if you’re not taking your safety and that of the passenger seriously, your date won’t be too impressed with your recklessness.

– Don’t Beep Your Horn

Sure, someone cuts you off, you have the right to beep your horn! But otherwise, don’t be so trigger-happy. Not only is it a very annoying habit, but beeping your horn without reason will only show that you’re very impatient.

– Get Your Car Cleaned

Frankly speaking, anyone would be turned off by dirty interiors! Wrappers lying on the floor, crumbs in the seat corners, dust coating the dashboard—it’s a sign you don’t take care of your surroundings. If your date sees your car in this filthy condition, they won’t stick around to find out how dirty your home might be!

– Don’t be an Aggressive Driver

Cutting people off, overtaking cars, beeping your horn and yelling out the window—see yourself through a third person’s perspective. Is all this appealing? Driving carefully means driving in your lane, honking your horn when needed and maintaining your cool on the road. If you’re overly aggressive while driving, it’ll show your date that being aggressive and unapproachable is a part of your nature, and that’s not an appealing personality trait!

– Driving After Drinking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20.5 million Americans over the age of 16 were caught driving under the influence of alcohol in 2019. Every day, 29 people die in vehicle accidents because the driver was drunk. If you’re the one dropping off your date afterward, stay sober and don’t drink and drive.

Improve Your Driving

Have a few days before your date?

Improve your driving skills by opting for an online course on defensive driving and adult driver’s education with Champions Driving School. Sign up now and increase your knowledge of how you can drive responsibly!