7 Simple Tips for Safe Teen Driving

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Teenage drivers are often found to be driving aggressively as they think their peers would find them hot and attractive. With this mentality, parents should all the more care and advise them to practice cautious driving. In this article, we will tackle seven simple tips to guide your teens to drive safely.

1) Follow the Traffic Lights

It’s easy to remember that red stands for “stop,” yellow stands for “get ready,” and green stands for “go.” Even small children know what these colors in the traffic light symbolize. However, teen drivers may not always follow the rules as their patience starts to take a toll. These busybodies often meet potential trouble spots while not concentrating on the road.

2) Study the Road Condition

Teens should not only be aware of the traffic light colors but also of the pedestirians, signs and movements in the road. For instance, if there is a nearby construction site, drivers should be able to maneuver to another lane or a different direction as heavy traffic is expected ahead. If there are too many pedestrians crossing the street, they should wait and let them pass through. Side mirrors and rear-view mirrors also help to size up the condition.

3) Turn Signals On

Teens should learn how to use the different car signals at the right time. There are the likes of turn signals, hazards, horns, lights, slight wheel movements and hand signs that imply different meaningful messages while driving. These are to help both you and the other drivers know how you should navigate the road better. It also helps to be familiar with all the international rules to road travel.

4) Don’t Use Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can become serious distractions, and reactions on the road can be severe. Unless it’s not an emergency message or call, teens should not take calls or read messages while driving. They should be alert at all times, especially when they are just beginning their driving lessons.

5) Use Buffer Spaces

When the road is slippery, drivers should keep ample space in between cars (in front and at the back) to avoid a crash or bump. Buffer spaces are a must as well when driving in normal roads as other cars might immediately increase their speeds without prior notice or signals.

6) Avoid Blind Spots

Lack of visibility is dangerous. There may always be blind spots so it’s best to keep the seatbelt on and check over the shoulder first before changing lanes. To reduce blind spots, teenage drivers must ensure that the side mirrors of the car are turned out for them to see the entire width of the lanes on their left and right.

7) Don’t Drink and Drive

Teens are exposed to partying and drinking out with friends and driving home by themselves. They must know that intoxicating drinks bring no advantage as these make their reflexes slow. Slow reactions on the road are unacceptable. Such young drivers should always be reminded that driving under the influence is both life-threatening and punishable by law. Teens must not drive when they are too tired or drugged as they may doze off while driving.

There are too many dangers to be encountered and met in the roads. Teenagers should be mindful of all the road signs, fellow motorists and pedestrians. They should consider driving as a risky business. With these basic tips, help them stay reminded to avoid crashes caused by bad driving.

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