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4 safety tips for new drivers

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2017 | Blog

Getting behind the wheel for the first time can be both exhilarating and frightening. It is likely that you are more frightened than exhilarated at the prospect of your teenager driving off on his own. You are intimitely familiar with the dangers that exist on the roads of Lafayette.

While you cannot control what other drivers do, one thing you can do is teach your teenager good driving habits. The following driving tips can help a new driver stay safe on the road and reduce his chances of becoming involved in a car accident.

Both hands on the wheel

By enforcing the idea that your son should always keep both hands on the wheel, this may limit the likelihood that he will try to multitask while driving. Before leaving the driveway or a parking space, he should take a moment to make sure his seat, the mirrors and the seat belt are all in the appropriate places.

Set the station before departure

Whether it’s a favorite radio station or a preferred playlist, it is important to choose the music before putting the car into drive. When a driver starts playing with the radio settings, he typically takes his eyes off the road and leans over toward the middle of the car to make the adjustments. If the steering wheel is equipped with radio controls, encourage your teenager to opt for those instead of using the main control panel.

Phones and driving do not mix

Recent studies have shown that people who text and drive are just as dangerous as those that drink and drive. Set a hard rule that there is no phone usage while your teenager is behind the wheel. Not only will this help him avoid causing accidents, it will also help him to stay alert for other drivers that may be distracted.

Always wear a seat belt

Whether he is pulling out of the driveway or driving through a parking lot, he should always wear a seat belt. Not only is it the law, it is the first line of defense if he becomes the victim of a negligent driver. Wearing a seat belt can be the difference between a few bumps and bruises and life-threatening injuries.

Whether you have a child that will soon get his license, or you are new to driving, the above tips can help keep you safe while on the road. While it may be impossible to avoid every accident, especially with reckless drivers, good driving habits can significantly reduce your chances of a car wreck.