An important aspect of safe driving is knowing the vehicle that you’re operating. All new drivers should feel comfortable behind the wheel before ever putting the engine in gear. New drivers should form the following habits:
- Adjusting each mirror before driving.
- Adjusting the seat for comfort between the pedal and the steering wheel.
- Knowing how to use the emergency brake.
- Knowing where to access the hazard lights.
- Making sure that the washer fluid is full. Double checking the brake lights
#2 Always Wear Your Seat Belt
The most obvious tip for new drivers is to wear a seatbelt and to make sure their passengers also wear seatbelts. This is important for safety, but also not wearing a ticket can result in an expensive traffic ticket.
#3 Don’t Text and Drive
Tell your new drivers about texting and driving. It is isn’t safe. It causes many car accidents each year. The texts can and should wait. A text message is not as important as the safety of drivers on the road.
#4 Pay Very Close Attention to Signs
It’s easy to let your mind wander while driving, especially for new drivers who are so excited to be on their own. Remind them that road signs are there for a reason. They provide information that they need to drive safely and legally.
#5 Give Other Cars Space
Don’t tail other cars. Even if that car cut you off in traffic illegally or unfairly, do not tail them. It’s important to express to new drivers that tailing cars can result in future accidents, plus it can agitate the driver ahead and create unnecessary tension. It is important to have at least 14 meters between you and the other drivers. This allows enough space to stop without hitting the car in front.
#6 Adjust Speed for Weather Conditions
A speed limit saying 50 km/h does not imply that you have to drive that speed, just that you cannot drive over that speed. If it’s raining, snowing, or if the roads are icy, new drivers should adjust your speed appropriately.
Going over these road and driving tips will help new drivers feel more confident in unexpected driving situations and will help you feel better about your new driver’s safety on the road. For more reassurance, be sure that your new driver is fully covered by car insurance. Our team at Higgins Insurance is here to help you find the best rates for your family auto insurance.