Preparation And Awareness Lay The Groundwork For Success
Teen drivers are in more automobile accidents than other groups of drivers, and their inexperience behind the wheel is oftentimes the cause. There are numerous tips for safe driving that are available to teens, but these tidbits are great for drivers of all ages to consider and put into use. What are some of the best ways to stay safe on the road?
Drivers of any age can be compromised by distractions while on the road.
As the DMV site notes, teen drivers are more likely to end up in car accidents than any other age group of drivers. The chances of joining this group can be dropped significantly by learning and abiding by some basic, common sense safe driving tips that really apply across the board whether one is experienced or not. One of the most important tips to follow is to minimize the distractions that are in the mix while on the road. Texting, cell phone usage, or having children or pets in the car all can contribute to taking a driver’s focus off of the road and accidents can often follow.
Many people, teens especially, tend to think that they can text and drive safely, but the research shows otherwise. In fact, studies have shown that using a phone while driving is equally as dangerous as being intoxicated while driving. As for the idea of being safe by using a hands-free device, the statistics indicate that this is still a major problem. Many states have prohibited the use of a cellphone while driving, and other states are likely set to follow suit soon.
Preparing prior to getting on the road is key to driving safely.
Of course, it is not always possible to drive without any distractions, especially when there are young children in the mix of things. AAA notes that it is important to ensure that both kids and pets are properly secured before heading off in the car and if one of them does need help or attention, it is best to pull off of the road before attending to them. Ensuring that children have activities, snacks, or whatever else might help them stay quiet and occupied can be a big help as well.
Other basic safe driving tips include taking the time before setting off to hit the road to make sure that everything with the vehicle is functioning properly and that the driver is prepared for getting behind the wheel. This means not only ensuring that the car is in prime drivable shape, with working turn signals, headlights, and with plenty of gas in the car, but that the driver is sober and well-rested as well.
Driving while impaired, whether that be due to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications, can cause chaos on the road even if the usage prior to getting into the car was minimal. Drowsy driving is another significant issue, so safe driving means being rested before hitting the road.
Careless and reckless driving can be minimized by staying vigilant.
Once on the road, it is important to adhere to safe driving behaviors, and being aware of what others drivers are doing is key as well. As the Auto Insurance Center notes, a high number of fatal crashes occur each year because of reckless or careless driving.
Reckless or careless driving behaviors can include things like not staying in the right lane or yielding properly, turning improperly, overcorrecting, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Drivers who not only focus to ensure they do not make these mistakes, but who stay focused to watch for others who are causing these issues as well can feel more confident that they will be able to stay safe while on the road.
One small misstep when driving can lead to significant consequences, so it is imperative that drivers be attentive and prepared when getting behind the wheel. Whether a driver is inexperienced or seasoned, following safe driving tips like eliminating distractions, being aware of surrounding drivers, and being prepared for the trip ahead can make all the difference in arriving safely at the desired destination.
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