Driving Safety For Your Teen

September 18, 2012  |  

I don’t know where the time went, but in a little over a month, my teenaged daughter will be eligible for her learners driving permit. My heart rate spikes every time I think about her being behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially one that I’m in! Nevertheless, I’m doing all I can to arm her with the knowledge, education, and hands on experience she is going to need in order to survive in the streets.

Here are a few safety tips that you MUST reiterate to your driver-to-be:

Focus On the Road
Although socializing while driving is acceptable, remember your number one priority – safely operating your vehicle. Let your friends know that you aren’t ignoring them; you are simply focusing on keeping them, and yourself, safe.

Don’t Get Distracted By Technology
Completely avoid flipping through your music library or answering texts while driving – they can wait. Even removing your eyes from the road for a second can make all the difference between avoiding a collision and having to pay to repair a stranger’s bumper.

Recognize Hazardous Situations
You know snow is dangerous to drive in, but what about the seemingly safe situations? Heavy rains can cause flooding and often are accompanied by forceful winds. A dark night and unfamiliar roads are breeding grounds for accidents. Without proper experience it is best to avoid driving in situations that make you uncomfortable. Spend the night or wait out the storm at a friend’s house – you’ll be happy you did.

Words By: Sid Powell

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