Teach 6 Tips for Safe Driving to your Teen
So your teenager is now on the-the driver’s seat, and your head is full of advise for them before they hit the road. Where to start?
You can start with these six important points:
Keep your focus on the task at hand when driving and avoid distractions such as eating, texting, fixing your hair, and the like. Teens will most likely be distracted by their mobile phone. Emphasize the dangers of texting while driving, and that when their eyes are on their phones instead of the road, they are essentially driving blind.
There are several driving schools in your area who specialize in proper driving technics, who can give your teen detailed teachings on safety at an intersections, how to pass another vehicle on the highway. Most of the will also provide instructions on how to pass a DMV test. If possible look for a school that offers defensive driving as part of the basic program.
Rain and snow can induce hazardous conditions when driving. Don’t forget to turn on your headlights when in such conditions. Headlights on cars improve visibility, both of the road and of your vehicle to other drivers. Drive slowly and allow for space between other vehicles – the roads will be slippery, and you need enough room when you have to break. Try to avoid being on the sides of the road as water tends to puddle here. Driving safely and with caution cannot be overemphasized here.
- Handling an auto accident
Nobody wants to be in an accident, but it helps to know what to do if it happens. Accidents are traumatic, which stresses the importance of knowing how to handle one. Be prepared for any possibility of having paper and pen in the car. At the very least these will help you document necessary information post-accident.
Remain calm, pull over to be away from oncoming traffic, and contact the police. Contact your insurance agent as well. The police and your insurance guys can help handle the situation.
Gather relevant information such as the other driver’s name, phone number, email address, and address. Your teen should also get the other driver’s license plate number and insurance details (carrier and policy number). If any, now is the time to take out their mobile phone and use the camera to take photos of the accident.
Staying calm is also key when stopped by a police officer. Pull over but don’t leave the vehicle unless the police officer asks you to. He or she will most likely ask for your license and registration, and probably insurance proof. Remain courteous and answer questions politely. If you get issued a ticket, sign it. You still have the right to dispute this in traffic court.
A significant number of accidents happen by tire blowouts. Checking tire air pressure is simple, and this regular maintenance doesn’t take much time. Ensure that your teenager is aware of the above at all times to keep him or her and other people safe on the road.