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Our Newest Drivers on the Road

If you are a teen who has just begun driving, you’re probably excited to get on the road. But as you likely know, driving is a serious responsibility, and new drivers face unique challenges as they get used to their vehicles and the road itself. Here are a few tips may help keep you safe while you’re behind the wheel.

Practice in Familiar Areas First

The first time you were allowed to take the car out for a spin, you probably didn’t drive on an interstate. If there are skills you have trouble with, make sure you practice on a residential road or in an empty parking lot. This way, you build confidence without having to worry about what other drivers are doing. As you master driving skills, you can then practice on busier roads.

Following Distance is Just as Important as Speed

As a new driver, you’re probably paying close attention to your speed and making sure you don’t exceed posted speed limits. That’s a good thing. But it’s also important to pay attention to your following distance. In the event that the car in front of you brakes suddenly, you want to make sure you have enough space and time to stop. Adverse weather conditions, like wet roads, can dramatically increase the time it takes to stop safely. Don’t be afraid to drive more slowly than the posted speed limit if poor weather conditions call for it.

Have an Emergency Plan

We all hope that our vehicles will run without any issues, but it’s wise to be prepared. Make sure you have a spare tire (and know how to change it) and check your vehicle manual to make sure you know what each warning light means. If you find yourself involved in an accident, make sure you have a copy of your insurance ID card on hand. Also, it’s important not to admit guilt for the accident, even if you think it was your fault. If the accident involved injuries, get medical attention immediately. Then, let your car accident attorney instruct you on how to handle the rest of the details.

A Lifetime of Safe Driving

Learning to drive is an exciting time in your life but be sure to temper that excitement with a healthy dose of caution. Work to master more challenging skills and always make sure you know what to do in an emergency. By taking steps to keep yourself safe, you can ensure many more years of driving are ahead.