Summertime is here again which means one thing, you and your teen will drive a lot more. Whether it’s right off of Trinity Dodge Car Lot, cruising around the block, or a short summer road trip, there are a few things your teen needs to be reminded of before setting off this summer.
Read through them with your teen, and make sure they understand how important these guidelines are. Together you can make sure your teen has a safe and fun summer on the road.
Car’s On, Phones Off
Almost every study agrees that distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of teen accidents. In fact, using your cell phone to text or make calls while driving —even hands-free — can be the equivalent of drunk driving. It’s better just to shove your phone in the glove box till you get to your destination.
Texting can cause you to take your eyes off the road for over 5 seconds – at 60 miles per hour, a lot can happen in 5 seconds. As a matter of fact, if something just in front of your car it takes way more than 5 seconds to stop. Don’t text and drive.
This goes along with avoiding distractions while driving. Having an additional teen passenger almost doubles the risk of accidents for teen drivers. A car full of teens can lead to lots of chances for distraction. Drive alone whenever possible.
There are so many bells and whistles in modern cars, distractions come easy. Avoid the urge to flip the radio dial constantly, never try to adjust your hair or makeup while driving, and avoid eating while driving if possible. Anything that takes your hands off the wheel is bad.
Defensive Driving Saves Lives
Safe driving is not so much about how you drive, but how aware you are of how everyone else around you is driving. Be aware of other drivers signals, don’t tailgate, and be mindful of the other cars on the road
Turn on Your Headlights
In some states, this is actually the law. Using your headlights, even in the daytime helps other drivers notice you.
Speed Limits Are not Suggestions
Speeding causes a lot of problems for inexperienced and experienced drivers alike. I know you want to get to where you’re going as fast as possible, but if you want to get there in one piece, follow the speed limit. Speeding is the cause of 40% of fatal teen accidents.
Don’t feel pressured to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by you. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets that can cause a sharp hike in your auto insurance premiums.