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Safe Driving Tips for New (and All) Drivers

Staying Safe on the Road

Turning sixteen – every teen’s dream and every parent’s nightmare.  The day teenagers can hit the road on their own.  Parents have a valid concern, as accidents are the leading cause of death among young people, so safety is especially important for new drivers.  Really though, we could all use a drivers safety refresher course.  Follow these sweet sixteen + one for good luck tips for a long life on the road for you and your teen.

1. Obey the Law

You were given a license because you did just that, so make sure to keep it up.  Drive the speed limit, fully stop, and always wear a seat belt.  It will save you from car accidents and tickets.

2. Prepare to Hit the Road

Make sure seat, steering wheel, and mirrors are adjusted for maximum comfort and visibility before you start driving.

3. Keep Shoes Flat

Driving in heels makes it difficult to feel the petals and react quickly.  Bring two pairs of shoes if necessary so that you can drive in flats.

4. Keep Tires Inflated

Properly inflated tires give you better control of the vehicle so periodically check the pressure.

5. Be prepared

Drive with a fully charged cell and important numbers in case of an emergency.  Know what to do if your car breaks down.  Make sure you have enough gas and a road map just in case you get lost or run into detours.

6. Check Your Blind Spots

Know where the blind spots are in the car your driving and don’t forget to check them when changing lanes.

7. Tune in to the Road

Your driving safety is your number one priority so turn down the radio or ask passengers to talk more quietly if they’re distracting. No cell phone use, eating, or make-up application.

8. Keep Your Eyes Moving

While straight ahead might be your main focus you should know what cars are to either side and behind you.  Your mirrors are there for a reason.  Make sure your paying attention to the side of the road for things like bikers, parked cars, or critters.

9. Adjust to the Weather

Slow down when its slick from rain or snow and use windshield wipers and defrost if visibility becomes an issue.

10. Don’t Drive Tired

If you find yourself getting sleepy, stop driving.  Let someone else drive or take a rest until you feel more alert.

11. Don’t Tailgate

You should have a two second distance from the car in front of you.  If someone is tailgating you, slow down a bit to give a hint.  If they still persist change lanes or safely pull off the road.

12. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Driving can be frustrating but try to stay calm.  If you start to feel too frustrated, angry, or stressed, pull over until you’ve calmed down.

13. Drive With Confidence

Driving timidly can confuse other drivers and cause accidents.  Whether you don’t have enough practice under your belt or you’re just having an off day don’t drive if you’re not sure of yourself.

14. Take Extra Care at Night

In the dark visibility is lessened bringing added danger.  If you’re a new driver don’t drive at night for the first six months and then try to do so without passengers.

15.  Make Sure Your Car is Safe

If you’re giving or receiving a new car have it checked out by a mechanic to ensure safety.  From there be sure to follow through on proper maintenance.

16. Avoid Aggressive/Reckless Drivers

Don’t get involved simply stay out of the driver’s way and let them pass.  Pull over if necessary.

17. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Driving the right way some of the time doesn’t provide enough safety.  Drive the right way every time you drive.  Safe and Happy Driving to Drivers New and Old!

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