As a teenager, there are few milestones that are as important as getting your driver’s license. While it means a significantly higher amount of freedom, it also means you take your life into your own hands every time you get behind the wheel. To ensure you’re being cautious behind the wheel, here are some safe driving tips for teens.
Put your phone away. Studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving is just as bad as driving drunk. The average time it takes you to read a text message is about 5 seconds. This is enough time to travel an entire football field! Wait until you are no longer driving and your vehicle is in park to answer your texts and calls.
Turn on your headlights. Headlights help increase your visibility, while also ensuring you can see better, too. Even when it’s light out, it’s important to turn your headlights on.
Don’t speed. Besides texting and driving, speeding is one of the top contributors to fatal teen accidents. Don’t feel like you must keep up with traffic, especially if other vehicles are speeding. Drive at a comfortable rate that is within the guidelines that the law sets.
Drive alone for the first six months. Passengers can be just as distracting as texting. One passenger can double the risk of you getting in a car accident. If you want to stay safe, drive solo for the first six months of having your license.
Be a defensive driver. Always be aware of what’s happening around you and have possible escape routes in mind. Make sure you have plenty of space between you and the car in front of you, increasing this space the faster you go.
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