Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
Statistically speaking, teen drivers are responsible for more automobile-related accidents than any other age group on the road today. Fortunately, a lot of the factors involved with teen auto accidents are fairly simple to remedy, so we’ve put together the following tips to help lower that number of accidents substantially. Once you have all these tips down, stop by Crestview Chrysler in Regina and take a look at the innovative safety features in our latest models—they are certainly a worthy investment.
Make Sure Your Cell Phone is Off and Away
No matter what their age, many people insist on having their phones out and in front of them while they’re driving. This is a huge distraction and studies have even found that cell phone use while driving has the same detrimental effect as operating a vehicle while intoxicated. This includes speaking on the phone as well as texting. Research has discovered that texting while driving, on average, causes a complete loss of road focus for a total of five seconds. Anything can happen in those five seconds, so keep your phone turned off and out of reach for the duration of any drive.
Have your Headlights Turned On and Practice Driving Defensively
While it is required by law to have your headlights on during twilight hours, having them on during sunny weather will increase your visibility, and allow other drivers to see you better. Also, learning to drive defensively is incredibly important as a newer driver, because it instills future positive driving habits. Driving defensively includes the following:
- Obey the speed limit – Don’t worry about keeping up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is cruising by at a high speed. Not only will driving the speed limit save you from potential harm, it will also save you money from potential traffic tickets.
- Keep Distractions to a Minimum – Commit to a radio station, leave your phone in your glove compartment or front console, apply makeup before you get in your car, and eat before or after you drive.
- Stay Aware – Follow the usual rules of the road such as keeping one car length between you and the car in front of you, maintain a larger braking zone at higher speeds, and in the event of an emergency, have escape routes in mind.
With these tips in mind, we hope that you might be able to stay a little safer! To make sure your vehicle’s safety features are working properly, feel free to bring your car to our Service Department — our technicians would be happy to look them over for you.