April 06, 2012
Who can forget their first time behind the wheel? It was a great moment in many people’s lives, and now it’s time for your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild to get behind the wheel, and let’s face it, that’s scary. To help ease the panic, here are a few tips for new teen drivers:
- Know the road. There can be many obstacles on roads, such as sharp bends, sudden stop signs, etc. but there are usually signs to make you aware of these, so keep an eye out for them.
- Turn off your phone! So many car accidents are caused by texting or making phone calls while driving. Some states made it a law that cell phones may not be used while driving other than with Bluetooth’s but for the states that do not have that law, it is still extremely important.
- Think before buying a car. Insurance premiums vary per car and it is definitely more expensive for a teen driver, so pick a safe, yet low insurance premium car.
- Be aware of what’s around you. Car accidents are not always both drivers faults but it is your job to keep an eye out for anything on the road whether it be another car, animals, people, curbs, etc.
- Buckle up! This will help protect you if you are in an accident and in most states it is illegal not to wear one which means more money out of your pocket.
It may be tempting to let your children slide by on some things, but driving is not one of them. It is your job to train them properly and make sure they are safe drivers for themselves and the cars around them.