While your license is a great step towards independence and adulthood it also comes with a lot of responsibility. You are responsible for the safety and well-being of everyone on the road. Driving school teach you proper instructions and tips.
These are some of our top tips for novice drivers. They will help you to be safe and have fun while driving.
- ALL TRAFFIC RULES MUST BE APPLIED
Road signs and right-of-way are just a few of the rules that drivers must follow. You must obey traffic signals and observe speed limits. You will have a safer and more relaxed driving experience if you learn and apply traffic rules. Traffic rules can also help you avoid expensive traffic tickets that could increase your car insurance premiums.
- Slow down!
Teens are more likely to speed than older drivers and allow for shorter headways (the distance between one vehicle and the next). Your car will take less time to stop if you are going at a higher speed. This can lead to more injuries and reduced stopping distance. The distance to stop your car increases exponentially when you travel at 45 MPH.
- KEEP YOUR CAR RUNNING IN TOP SHAPE
Car care can prevent breakdowns and other accidents. Regular oil changes and tune-ups are essential. Check tire pressure (Don’t forget your spare!). Regular tire rotation, checking brake fluid levels and coolant levels, as well as filling the tank up before it reaches “E”. Car care includes regular oil changes and tune-ups, checking your tires’ pressure, and don’t forget the spare! Don’t let your car maintenance slip if you are a novice driver.
- WEAR YOUR SEAT BELTS
Always make sure that your passengers have their own. Almost half of all car crash victims aged 16-19 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
- Avoid DISTRACTIONS
Keep your eyes on the road. This means that you must not text, call, eat, or listen to the radio. You also need to stop turning around and talking with your friends behind the wheel. Accidents can occur in a flash, but if your attention is focused, you will have a greater chance of avoiding them.
For new drivers, one of the best things to do is set yourself up for the drive while you are still in your driveway. Set your music and turn off Do Not Disturb. Before you start driving, make sure that all-important communications are completed.
- ASSESS YOUR ACCESSORIES
Not your bling. Make sure you have a comfortable seat and check all mirrors for visibility to your car’s blind spots. How do you check? How to check if a vehicle is passing you from behind? This tip is for novice drivers: Do this before you begin your drive.
- DON’T TAILGATE
Rear-end accidents are often caused by following too closely. Remember the 3-second rule. Pick an object (such as a sign, tree, or overpass) and count the number of vehicles passing it. You’re not following closely enough if you don’t reach the object in ti
Keep in mind that if you hit the brakes of the car in front, you could be ticketed, sued by the other driver, or face a large bill from your insurance company.
You should have a complete emergency kit and critical documents in case of an accident, breakdown, or another emergency. You should always have your driver’s license, proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and vehicle registration. You will also need water, snacks, and essential tools.
- Watch the Weather
Driving can be made more dangerous by rain, wind, or snow. When it is wet, turn on your headlights, slow down and increase your following distance. When roads are slippery, braking can take longer. Sometimes it can take up to ten times as long as when you break on a dry road. It is better to avoid the roads if conditions are too dangerous.
- Don’t Drive Under The Influence
Driving while under the influence means that you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a lack of sleep. You don’t need to be told how serious the consequences can become. Don’t do it. Ask for rideshare, or call a friend to get you to where you need to go.
Get out there and start driving! Practice makes perfect.