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What should new drivers know?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2019 | Car Accidents

If you have a teen driver in the family, it’s important that he or she is prepared before setting out on the road. That’s why many Florida parents take the time to teach their kids safe driving tips, which can prevent accidents and injury from occurring. Nationwide offers the following advice, so your teen and other drivers will remain protected.

Use defensive driving habits

Defensive driving means being aware of the actions of the other drivers around you. This allows a driver to respond accordingly to unexpected occurrences and avoid collisions as a result. Defensive driving also entails keeping enough space between you and other vehicles. For instance, a window of two seconds will protect your teen driver in case the leading vehicle stops short.  

Don’t speed

Speeding is a leading cause of accidents. This is especially true for new drivers, who will lack the wisdom to deal with road hazards and other drivers. The speed limit should always be obeyed unless there is inclement weather. In this case, drivers should slow down when driving through high winds and heavy rain.

Prevent distractions

It’s no secret that driving distractions can be deadly. Make sure your teen knows to do things like adjusting the GPS, moving the seat, or changing the radio station before setting out towards a destination. Also, while it seems relatively harmless eating and driving can be the cause of an accident since a person’s full attention will not be on the road. Texting and driving should also be avoided, as this can result in a very serious accident.