A notable milestone as we journey through each phase of life is being able to finally legally drive. As a skill and a capability, it is easily considered to be one of the most prominent and exciting components of venturing into adulthood. But who would we be if we didn’t make sure to highlight the importance of driver safety for new drivers? For every thrill of the journey, there is a point of safety to hold its hand.
Don’t Forget To Buckle Up
A tale as old as time, but one of the most important points to remember in driver safety. It is crucial that you remember your seat belt and ensure that every passenger you are carrying has buckled up too. As the driver, it is your responsibility to keep yourself and everybody in your care as safe as possible, regardless of the distance from A to B. Seat belts are in place to prevent you and your passengers from flying in, out and around the car, should you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
Don’t Forget To Check Your Mirrors Frequently
Things change in a matter of seconds, and this is especially true on the road. It is common to place a lot more focus on what you are doing when you are a new driver, but it is just as crucial to be constantly aware of everything and everyone else on the road, so be sure to check your mirrors every 5 – 10 seconds, alert and aware of everything happening around you.
Focus On The Road
This may seem obvious, but it is especially important to mention to new drivers that are still finding their comfortability and confidence in the car and on the road. Checking your phone while you drive is dangerous to yourself and everyone on the road around you, whether you are a new or experienced driver. Resist the urge to check your phone and keep your focus on everything happening in and around your car.
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Whether you are carrying passengers or are running solo, safe responsible driving should be a constant practice. If you are feeling tired on a long drive, find a safe place to stop for a rest. Driving requires your undivided, undistracted attention and it is a danger to yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road to drive if you are unable to focus properly for any reason.
Enjoying driving safely and responsibly ensures that you can enjoy it forever. There are a multitude of tips and tricks to get comfortable with when you are a new driver on the road, and driver safety ranks first. Taking care of the safety aspect will help you feel comfortable and confident in taking on every other aspect of driving.
Buying a car and driving on their own is a big milestone for a teenager. Please see the tips below to help buy your teen their first car and get them driving on the road safely.
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