Welcome to the family!! I have been riding for 30+ years, got my first dirt bike at 8 after the mini bikes of course. Advice is all good as long as you take it all in. You have to leave room for that suprise thing in the road like was said earlier, anything from part of a semi tire which you see all the time to a dead animal, these can all take you down when least expected. One thing I have learned over the years that I tell anyone who starts riding, if you see a car pulling out of a side street, parking lot, driveway, etc... don't watch the driver, you can make eye contact and they will still pull out in front of you. Something I have done for years and to each his own, it has helped me, I watch the wheels on the car, if the wheels start to move I am slowing down, some people will see you and think they can pull out and you will have time to slow down and this isn't always the case. Like I said, this is just something I do that I have found to works pretty good, it has saved me a few times. The other thing is when riding on multi lane highways make sure you are close to the line on drivers side of cars going the same direction as you. If your in the far left lane of a 3 lane highway then I think you need to be closer to the line seperating you and the middle lane. That way if a car in the middle lanes wants to switch lanes real quick they glance in their mirror and boom... there you are. If your out in the middle or outside part of the lane they may take a quick look in the mirror and not see anything and come right over on you. I know this was a drawn out post but just trying to help. Just take your time, go ride some back roads with less traffic and learn the bike. You can learn a lot from the bike at 40mph so just go ride it and keep your eyes open and be alert of the other drivers. Good Luck!! Take care and be safe!!!