New drivers have a lot on their minds. Not only do they have to worry about where theyâ€™re going, they have to worry about the rules of the road, the other drivers, and the many distractions that now face them. It can be pretty daunting. In this post, weâ€™ll look at some tips to keep new drivers and their passengers safe.
- Humility, Humility, Humility.Â Probably the most important thing for a new driver to remember is that driving takes years to master â€“ and that no one is immune from an accident. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to practice humility on the road. This includes minding speed limits, driving defensively, and being kind to the other drivers.
- Wear your safety belt. According to the CDC, auto accidents are the leading cause of death among Americans age 5-34. Safety belts drastically increase your likelihood of surviving a car accident. So, wear your safety belt every time you get in the car.
- Patience pays. Patience can mean the difference between getting to your destination safely and getting in a wreck. How do you practice patience while driving? Just remember that you canâ€™t control everything, but you can control your reaction.
- Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. The more time you have to get to your destination, the more relaxed and patient youâ€™ll be when driving.
- Never ever, ever drive under the influence. In California alone, more than 1000 people die every year due to alcohol and drug-related car crashes. Avoid being one of them. Never get behind the wheel while under the influence.
Distraction plagues all drivers today â€“ especially new drivers. How can new drivers avoid distraction and stay safe on the road?
- Turn off your phone when you get into the car. A phone thatâ€™s off is a phone that cannot distract you with text messages or phone calls. Rest assured you can turn it back on once you get to your destination.
- Use turn-by-turn GPS. Making use of a good GPS system will help you keep your eyes on the road, instead of looking down at directions or having to use navigation tool on your smart phone.
- Limit passengers â€“ at least at first. Thereâ€™s nothing more potentially distracting than a car full of passengers. Thatâ€™s why new drivers should limit their passenger loads to one. By limiting your passenger load, you can focus on the task at hand â€“ getting to your destination safely.Â Some states including California have provisional license laws that prohibit or limit new drivers from carrying passengers.
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