Important Things to Remember for Safe Teen Driving

A new teen driver, as well as an experienced driver, can prevent collisions by reducing driver distractions and maintaining control of their vehicles.

The following list will help all kinds of drivers with varying levels of experience drive safely.  First of all – buckle-up. And, be sure all of your passengers are buckled up.

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1. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel! Driver distraction is reaching epidemic proportions in drivers of all ages, but especially in young, inexperienced drivers.  Driving is not a multi-functional task. It requires the driver’s full attention.

2.  Check mirrors and seat position as soon as you get into the car, not as you are driving. Fasten your safety belt and adjust your mirrors, the radio or CD player and the climate control settings. Keep music at a low level so you can hear a horn or siren.

3.  Do not talk on a cell phone while driving. Don’t make calls while driving. Let your voicemail pick up incoming calls. Return calls later when the car is safely parked in a parking lot.

4. Know the type of braking system that your vehicle uses. If your vehicle uses an anti-locking braking system (ABS), keep your foot firmly on the pedal if you stop suddenly. Do not pump the brakes in an emergency situation.  If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, press the brake pedal firmly, just short of locking the wheels. If your wheels lock, indicating a skid, let up slightly on the brake pressure. Then, reapply pressure to the brake. Continue this squeezing action until the vehicle stops.

 5.  The speed limit is the speed MAXIMUM not the speed requirement.  Reduce speed and keep a safe following distance. Slow down in bad weather or other poor driving conditions, such as rain, fog, snow, ice, and heavy traffic. If you are uncomfortable with the speed limit, for whatever reason, slow down.

6.  Don’t speed. Speeding will not get you to your destination faster. Speed influences a crash in four ways: 
    ■ It increases the distance your vehicle travels from the time you recognize an  emergency until you can react. 
    ■ It increases the distance it takes to stop your vehicle. The faster you go, the more distance it takes to stop your vehicle. 
    ■ It increases the crash severity. For example, if your speed increases from 40 to 60 miles an hour, your speed increases 50 percent while the energy released in a crash more than doubles. 
    ■ Higher speeds reduce the ability of seatbelts, air bags, guard rails and barriers to protect vehicle occupants in a crash.

7. Avoid jerky movements or overcorrecting. A sudden response or overcorrection, such as jerking the steering wheel to the right or left or slamming on the brakes can cause the vehicle to skid, swerve into oncoming traffic or veer off the roadway. You can avoid sudden surprises that lead to reactive moves by watching the traffic and roadway ahead, behind and around you.

8. Don’t drink and drive, and never be a passenger with a drinker.

source:  allencountydrivealive.org

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  1. its so weird learning how to drive. it’ s def a lot harder than i thought it would be. my main problem seems to be keeping control of my speed when i am turning. Also keeping a constant speed when i am driving straight seems to be a bit hard as well.


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