Here are a few tips for young drivers to be aware of:
- Research has shown that the most dangerous hours of the day for young drivers are from 9:00pm – midnight. Also, two hours after school is out has shown to be a high-risk time of day. So be more aware and extra careful when driving during these hours.
- The leading cause of death for people in the US under the age of 20 is automobile accidents. And you are not just putting yourself at risk. Passengers and the drivers of other vehicles lose their lives.
- In the age group of 12 – 17, around 75% own cell phones. And of those, almost 90% of these cell phone users send text messages while driving. It may seem like just a few seconds to send a text, but it only takes a few seconds for the road in front of you to change dramatically. Texting and driving is just not a smart thing to do. And the same goes for reading a text message.
- You just can’t talk on the phone, text your friends, and do other things while you are driving. When you are driving, the only thing you should be doing is … driving. I know it’s hard to just do one thing but give it a try. It’s not that hard and it can become a habit just like texting has become a habit. Is it really worth your life to get that text message?
- Check you GPS (or map) prior to getting on the road if you are not sure where you are going. Don’t try to do this while driving down the road. If you are unsure of directions, pull over, check you directions, and then continue your trip.
- And I really hate to say this one but here goes. Wear your seat belt. I still see people driving without their seatbelt because “they are not going that far”. It only takes pulling out on a road a few feet for an accident to happen. Take a few seconds and fasten your seat belt.
- Avoid having too many people in the car. In addition to the added distraction, you may not have enough seat belts for everyone.
- Do not let anyone else drive your vehicle … even for a short distance or “just to run to the store and back”.
- As a side note, keep your registration, proof of insurance, and your insurance agent’s card handy when you are driving in case you get pulled over for a traffic citation or become involved in an accident. You can keep a copy in your wallet or purse or in the glove compartment of your car. It will save a lot of time and heartache later.
Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Follow the tips I’ve mentioned above and you will , hopefully, have may years of safe and accident free driving.