DRIVING TIPS FOR NEW DRIVERS

To even beginner who just got his or her driver’s license- big congratulations!

But don’t get to excited yet. Here are some tips to avoid problems on your new and exciting driving adventures:

  1. OBEY ALL TRAFFIC RULES

From road signs to right-of-way, there are rules drivers are required to understand and follow. Following the speed limit, leaving adequate space between you and the car in front of you, obeying traffic signals, and wearing your seatbelt are just a few of them. Learning and applying traffic rules will help you have a safe and relaxed time on the road — and it will help the other drivers around you be safe and relaxed, too.

  • SLOW DOWN!

Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next).” The higher your speed, the less time you have to stop your car, and the worse any impact and subsequent injuries will likely be. Braking distance increases exponentially at speeds over 45 MPH.

  • KEEP YOUR CAR IN GOOD RUNNING SHAPE

Can help you avoid breakdowns and other potential accidents. Car care includes regular oil changes and tune-ups,   (don’t forget the spare!), regular tire rotation, checking brake fluid and coolant levels, and filling up the gas tank before it hovers too close to “E.” For your car to take care of you, you need to take care of it. As a new driver, don’t add to the variables of being behind the wheel by letting your car maintenance slide.

  • WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT

Always. And make sure your passengers wear theirs, too. It is becoming and increasing source of concern (and agony ), how many drivers who do not survive accidents because they were not restrained by their seat belts.

  • AVOID DISTRACTIONS

Keep your eyes on the road. That means no texting, no calling, no eating, no channel surfing on the radio, and no turning around to talk with friends in the backseat. Accidents can happen in a split second, but if you’re paying attention, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding one. 

One of the best tips for new drivers is to take the time to set yourself up for your drive while you’re still in your driveway. Choose your music, set your GPS, put your phone on Do Not Disturb, and make sure any important communication is completed or paused before your drive.

  • ADJUST YOUR ACCESSORIES

No, not your bling. We’re talking about making sure your seat is in a comfortable spot and checking all mirrors to make sure they give you visibility of your car’s blind spots. How to check? A vehicle overtaking from behind you should start to appear in the side mirror just as it’s disappearing from the center rear view mirror. As a tip for new drivers, especially, do this before you start your drive, not when your vehicle is moving.

  • DON’T TAILGATE

Following too closely is a leading cause of rear-end accidents. Just remember the 3-second rule: Pick an object on the road ahead (like a sign, tree, or overpass), and when the vehicle in front of you passes the object slowly count “one-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand.” If you reach the object before completing the count, you’re following too closely.

  • BE PREPARED

In case of accidents, breakdowns, or other emergencies, your car should always contain critical driving documents and an emergency kit with everything you’d need for an extended time in your vehicle. Ensure you have things like your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and driver’s license handy. A good emergency kit also includes water, non-perishable snacks, an emergency blanket, flashlights, road hazard cones and possibly flares, jumper cables, essential tools, and a small amount of the oil and coolant your car requires.

  • WATCH THE WEATHER

Rain and wind can all make driving more difficult and dangerous. If it’s wet out, make sure your headlights are on, slow down, and increase your following distance. Braking takes longer when roads are slick — sometimes as much as ten times the braking distance as on a dry roadway. Most importantly, if the conditions are too treacherous, it’s better to stay off the roads until you’ve mastered driving on wet roads.

  • DON’T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Driving under the influence includes being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or lack of sleep. Nobody should have to tell you how severe the consequences can be. Just don’t do it. Request a rideshare or call a friend or loved one to take you where you need to be. 

Now get out there and Ride.

And remember, practice makes perfect.

Curated by : Francesco Ojoko

  •  REFERENCE:https://www.bridgestonetire.com/learn/maintenance/10-driving-tips-for-new-drivers/#

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