Safety Tips for the Teen Driver
Things Your Teen Driver Should Know Before They Venture Out on Their Own
Learning to drive is one of the highlights of growing up. Once you reach the age where you are trusted to drive a car on your own, you will no doubt be absolutely elated, but every teen driver needs to practice extreme caution each and every time they venture out onto the highways. Here are a few safety tips that you and your teen drive needs to discuss before they are allowed to go it alone.
Cell Phone Safety
Apart from the vehicle they drive, a teen driver is going to have their cell phone somewhere within the car. Most new cars have a way to connect the phone for hands free talking, but if the vehicle is older, it may not have those capabilities. The cell phone has become a common thing and many people do not think twice about answering the phone while they are driving. Some even think that it is perfectly ok to text while they drive because they are so good at it. Distractions such as cell phones should be avoided completely while in a vehicle. This is especially true if you are a teen drive. Even though you think you can, you cannot text and drive at the same time and remain completely astute as to what is going on around you. No phone call or text is worth an accident, so turn the phone off and concentrate on the road.
Turn Your Headlights On
This is something that is not commonly thought of if you are driving during the day, but it is actually something that all drivers would benefit from doing. Even if your vehicle has automatic lights that come on at night, there will be a way to turn them on manually and it is a good idea to make it your practice to drive with your headlights on at all times. Visibility is sometimes difficult even during the day time and when your lights are on, you have a better chance of being seen by the other drivers.
Concentrate on Driving Only
Distractions within a vehicle are not only about the cell phone. Distractions can come from a number of places and minimizing those distractions will help you keep your mind on the task of driving and not on something else. Many people try to multitask while they drive. They will often have something to eat or drink while they drive that can distract them completely from the road. One wrong move and your cheeseburger will hit the floor and when that happens you will likely jerk the wheel to try to stop the food from hitting the floor. It is best to avoid any type of distraction such as eating, drinking, or fiddling with the radio while driving. This is great advice for novice drivers such as teens, but also something that most drivers need to take into consideration as well.
You are not the only person on the road. You will share it with many different people and even if you are practicing all the safety precautions you are supposed to while you are driving, they may not be, so watch what is going on around you. Pay attention to the other drivers and assume that they do not see you to avoid an accident. Even if you are both at a stop sign and they are obviously in a hurry and blow past you without even a glance, do not let it rattle you. Keep driving safely and defensively and you will not have anything to worry about. Your safety is more important than your pride.
Get Noises Checked
There are times when you may be driving your car and following all the safety precautions that you have been trained for, but hear an unusual noise. It may be something that you think you need to wait to get checked out by your parents, but you need to pull into a knowledgeable service department as soon as possible. The noise may be a minor issue, but a qualified service department will be able to tell you if the problem is more extensive.
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