New Drivers Advice

Teens three times more likely to be in fatal auto accidents.

There have been a number of crashes lately involving teenage drivers. Statistics indicate that teens are involved in three times more fatal auto accidents than other drivers.

The scene always changes and we never know if there is danger around the next curve. It can be tough for experienced drivers and tougher yet on new drivers.

“It takes a driver about five years to become a seasoned driver,” says Bill Mulherin with the Health and Safety Council.

“The newer the driver, the less seasoned they are and the more susceptible they are to not recognizing hazards in time and becoming involved in collisions and this is something that develops over time and develops with practice.”

New drivers have said that it is a big transition going from driving with their parents to driving alone.

They are nervous….they need to make sure they leave enough space in front of them and other drivers and they should drive slow and not speed.

First time drivers say they were terrified the first time they drove on the road. One new driver said she was really scared because her dad took her on a narrow road and it kind of went through woods. It was really scary for her.
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She says the changing scene while driving can be a little intimidating. There are a lot of different distractions when you are driving. I never thought of half of them.

The classes teens can take are great, but nothing can beat experience. A student that has been driving for a year-and-a-half and noticed a big difference in her driving in that short time.

She says she is definitely more of a defensive driver. She makes an observation about what she sees from all directions, not just in front of her. She also checks behind her and to the sides just so she can see what’s going on.

Good advice for young drivers from young drivers.

So how can parents get a little peace of mind when their teen drivers take off in the family vehicle? Mulherin suggests a contract between parents and their teen drivers that helps monitor and reward good driving skills.

The best thing parents can do to properly teach a young driver is to set the tone themselves.

Most of the time they slide into the same errors that their parents have because that’s who they’re modeling, so parents, if you want your kids to drive safer than you, you need to model that behavior when you are in the car with them.