As a teen driver, it is essential to know how to avoid accidents. So, before getting behind the wheel after taking your classes, consider the most critical steps to prevent accidents. Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely to suffer a personal injury because of an accident. The good news is that the following steps can help you avoid a collision.
Develop the Right Driving Attitude
Most of the teen car accidents are caused by attitude and immaturity, not knowledge or skills. As a teen driver, you need to develop and practice a responsible driving attitude. Keep in mind that you are in control of the vehicle you are driving and you owe to yourself, your passengers, and other road users to drive responsibly.
Ensure That You Get as Much Supervised Practice Driving as You Can
It is good for your parents to take an active role when it comes to supervised practice driving. Create a strict schedule with your parents and follow it until when you take your test to get a driver’s license. Most of the states in the US have graduated licensing laws. If you would like to find out more about the laws in your state, visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Always Wear a Seat Belt
It is important to always wear a seat belt whenever you are in a car (whether you are driving or a passenger). Seat belts protect drivers and passengers from being thrown out of the car in case the vehicle is involved in an accident.
Avoid Drunk Driving
Underage driving and drug use are illegal. Drinking even one drink or smoking one joint can negatively affect your driving skills as the chemical effect it has on your brain can impair judgment and reaction time. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as marijuana can cost you your driver’s license or your life. To find out more about drug use, visit Above the Influence.
If the worst happens and you are involved in an accident, you may need to speak to an attorney near you for advice on the next steps to take.
Limit Your Passengers
Every additional passenger increases the risk of a fatal crash. As such, it is good to limit the number of passengers to reduce this risk. This is important, especially if you are a new driver.
Limit Driving to Daytime Hours
Statistics show that teens are more likely to be involved in accidents at night. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash is three times higher at night than in the day for every mile driven. Only consider driving at night when you gain experience and are comfortable driving during the day.
Keep it Slow and Safe at First
Fast-moving, high volumes of traffic can make driving feel uncomfortable for a beginner driver. It is good to avoid them until you gain enough supervised driving experience. Once you gain the experience, introduce more difficult driving situations slowly by slowly. These difficult situations include driving in cities, highway driving, and merging.
Train for Poor Weather Conditions
Even if you believe that you can drive on dry pavement, only do it under supervision. Keep it simple at first and get as much supervised practice as possible before driving in poor weather on your own.
Avoid Using Your Cell Phone While Driving
Using your cell phone while driving can distract you from driving safely. When driving, use your phone only for emergencies. And if you have to use your phone, pull safely over to the roadside.
Drive a Safe Vehicle
If you are planning to get your own car, choose one with high safety ratings. Avoid small cars, sport utility vehicles, or trucks. To evaluate the safety rating of a car or truck, check out federal statistics and consumer report literature. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (those who do crash tests) provides valuable vehicle and safety test advisories.