Safe Driving Tips for Teens

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/14/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Nothing strikes fear into a parent’s heart quite like watching their child drive away for the first time.


You’ve done your best to prepare them, but you have to let them go and trust that you’ve taught them well.


It’s never too late to remind them that safe driving happens well before you get behind the wheel. 


Let them know that preparing your vehicle for getting on the road is just as important as what you do when you’re actually on the road.


If you’re a teen who needs some safe driving tips – or a parent who desires to keep your teen safe – follow these tips.


  1. When you start your car, the first thing you should do is buckle up.

  2. If you have passengers in the vehicle, wait until they’re buckled before moving the car.

  3. Check the mirrors. Make sure the sideview and rearview mirrors give you the best field of vision possible.

  4. Double check your controls. Do you know how to turn on the windshield wipers if it rains? The turning signal? The headlights?

  5. When you move the car, make sure you proceed safely out of your driveway or when entering a street. Look both ways before accelerating.

  6. Always use your turn signal. Don’t assume that you don’t need it if there aren’t any other cars on the road – that you can see. A car can appear from out of nowhere, and other drivers need to know what you’re going to do.

  7. Before pulling into traffic, make sure you look over your shoulder and check both mirrors.

  8. Hold the steering wheel with two hands, at the 9 and 3 position or 8 and 4.

  9. Don’t keep your foot on the gas when you step on the brake. Your foot should be completely off of the gas to avoid accidentally accelerating.

  10. Before you back up, check both mirrors and look over your shoulder.

  11. If you’re going to change lanes, signal, then check the mirrors. Quickly look over your shoulder and then safely change lanes while maintaining speed.

Safe driving takes practice

As much as you can, get behind the wheel to put these safety tips to practice and improve your driving skills. 


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