All of us have a start point for driving, learning to be behind the wheels happens sometime in your teen years with the average being 15 when a learner’s permit is issued. Learning to drive can be both exciting and scary at the same time. It’s a right of passage into adulthood. It can be a nerve-wracking time for parents.
Becoming a newly licensed teen driver is an accomplishment, but not one to be taken lightly. It is very important to realize that though legal, you are still new to driving and that inexperience needs to be handled by being proactive and cautious when on the road. Though you may very well be a great new driver, not everyone on the road is always focused, experienced, or sadly even sober.
This is the reason we have put compiled a quick list of tips on keeping yourself safe on the road. While this list is aimed at teens, society as a whole would do well to adhere to them as well.
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to remain accident-free and enjoying your time behind the wheel.
Don’t Let Technology Distract You
Texting and driving are now one of the top causes of accidents in Florida as well as the rest of the USA. Odds are, you do have a smartphone. Add that to the built-in navigation, satellite radio, and MP3 player it’s a wide range of distractions. Flipping through music, texting (even voice texting), or trying to bring up maps while in motion take your eyes from the road. It may seem like only seconds, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye and your reaction time will either save or potentially kill you.
Keep Your Focus Where It Belongs – On the Road
Especially as a new driver, it’s an amazing feeling to be able to be the driver. You load your car (or your parent’s car) with friends. You may have your phone down and be looking ahead, yet it’s easy to be singing along to the radio and taking part in a conversation and look away. Just remember you are now responsible not only for your parents’ car but for your life and the lives of your friends. Please take it seriously and be safe.
Learn to Recognize Hazards
Florida driving is a bit different than the rest of the country. Flash rain storms are the norm during summer months. You can drive from sunny and clear into rain so heavy you cant see 5 feet in front of you in a matter of seconds. Do not put your hazard lights on as it is illegal and distorts the depth perception of the driver behind you and could cause a crash. Drive at a slow safe speed and stay in your lane, wipers on high, or if it’s too hard of a down pour, pull way off the side of the road safely, and wait it out.
Hurricane speed winds are not uncommon either – tropical storms are the norm as well. These gusts can push your car sideways. Keeping a tight grip on the wheel and watching the road can help. If the weather is too bad, simply choose not to drive.
These are just a few tips to keep you, family and friends, safe. With time comes experience and with experience the driving skills to be a safe, competent, confident driver.
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