Learning to drive can be exhilarating for teens and nerve-wracking for parents. Education and practice are key to successful driving.
Knowing both the rules of the road and how to operate a vehicle safely can help new drivers be safe and confident on the road.
Whether the new driver is a teenager or someone older, the following tips can help first-time drivers stay safe:
- Take an approved driver’s education course!
- Practice. Practice will instill confidence and help the new driver understand both how to operate a car and obey traffic laws.
- Learn defensive driving! Another reason for taking driver’s education is to learn how to drive defensively. A new driver will not have the experience to control the car when a dangerous situation arises. Also, they will not know what to look for or prepare for when it comes to other drivers or adverse conditions. The more prepared they are, the better.
- Avoid distractions.
- Do not rush. Drivers do need to drive the speed limit except in adverse weather or road conditions, but speeding is never acceptable.
- Do not tailgate.
- Avoid fast braking and turns. Fast braking and sharp turns cause accidents.
- Do not drive under the influence! Unfortunately, teens’ alcohol and drug use are real, including prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. No person, no matter their age, should drive under the influence, ever.