How to Help Younger Drivers Establish Good Habits Now

Once upon a time, we all had to learn how to drive. Whether you learned from your parents, a driver’s education course, or a combination of both, it all led to one goal: passing that driver’s licensing exam. This is easier for some new drivers as they intuitively seem to understand how to operate a car and may have already had experience in caring for one as well. Other young drivers may be on a steeper learning curve, experiencing anxiety over exercises like parallel parking, merging onto the highway, and driving in heavy traffic.

Passing that written test and then the actual driving test are an enormous milestone—but for most of us, true learning begins after we get behind the wheel in real life. And while teenagers may experience all sorts of anxiety while learning to drive, parents are usually experiencing a wide range of emotions too as they watch their children gain true independence. This is a time where we usually feel proud yet worried—along with being relieved that we are no longer the family taxi service!

Being able to drive delivers new freedom for both the parent and the child, but in their first few months and years on the road, you will most likely continue to guide them, along with remembering and learning some things yourself. Following are some great tips to give to new drivers:

  • Always wear your seatbelt, and insist that passengers do so too. According to the CDC, you reduce your risk of death or injury in a car accident by half just by buckling up.
  • Make sure that you are comfortable in the car with the headrests and seats in the proper position, along with the side and rear-view mirrors.
  • Don’t feel pressured to hurry when driving; for example, if you don’t feel comfortable turning left on a busy road, just wait, and remember that it’s always easier to go left in busy areas where there is an arrow at a traffic light.
  • Remember to follow the speed limit and stay one car length behind each car per every 10 mph that you are traveling.
  • Always drive defensively, watching out for other motorists. There are far too many drivers on the road today who are distracted. If you see them, give them a wide berth. It’s also important to stay far away from aggressive drivers. Remember too that if you are getting ready to pull out onto the road, motorists coming toward you with their blinkers on may have no intention of turning.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings!

It’s also very important to talk to your teen about what to do if they are in an accident, from calling law enforcement to getting the other person’s contact and insurance information, and more. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, call us now at Heintz & Becker. We handle Florida automobile accidents of all types and will be dedicated to making sure you receive fair compensation from the insurance companies. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

 

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