6 Safe Summer Driving Tips For Teens
6 Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens
Summer is quickly approaching! If you’re a licensed teen or the parent of one, summer adventures on the road are not so far away. At Flager & Associates, P.C., we’re big proponents of being prepared. Whether you’ve been driving for some time or are newly licensed, we have some basic tips for driving safely in the summer. Being aware of these tips can help you avoid accidents and make it to all of your summer destinations safely.
How to Stay Safe on the Road in the Summer
Prep your car for the road: Hot weather can do a number on your car’s battery. If your battery is more than three years old, have it tested at a certified shop to ensure optimal working conditions. If you’re heading out on a road trip with friends, have your oil changed and tires inspected. These precautions allow you to catch any potential problems before hitting the road. Always keep a roadside emergency kit in your car. This kit can include flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and washer fluid that you can use in an emergency.
Watch your speed: Speed limits are determined by experts and posted by the state in which you’re driving. Exceeding the speed limit is a leading cause of accidents in teen driving, so it’s essential to obey the posted speed limit at all times. Following this rule is especially important when driving through residential areas. Kids, families, and pets spend a lot of time outdoors during the summertime, so watch your speed while you’re out and about. Plus, driving at a slower speed means better gas mileage and more money in your pocket!
Give yourself plenty of time: Whether you’re heading to work or to meet up with friends, make sure you have plenty of time to get there. As a defensive driver, you’ll be able to focus on your surroundings and avoid an accident. Pay close attention to weather and traffic reports in your neighborhood before heading out. When you plan your route accordingly, you’ll know what time you need to leave, which can help you avoid feeling rushed.
Limit your distractions: Cell phones, music, and even other people can distract you as you’re driving. But taking your focus off of the road is never a good idea. If you’re playing music, keep the volume low enough so you can hear approaching emergency vehicles or car horns. If you receive a notification on your phone, wait until the car is parked to check it. Three or more passengers in the vehicle can increase your chance of an accident by four times, so if you’re giving your friends a ride, try to keep passengers to a minimum. Additionally, you should make sure you’re safely using your GPS whether you’re heading out on a road trip or to a new destination.
Check the weather report: Summer storms can appear at a moment’s notice. Rain can make roads dangerous to drive on, so it’s crucial to observe extra caution when those summer thunderstorms roll around. When it does rain, keep a “space cushion” around your car. This safe distance will allow you more reaction time should the driver in front of you stop suddenly. Use your wipers as needed, and if the rain becomes so intense that it’s difficult to see, pull over until it subsides.
Know the laws in your state: Aside from following the speed limit, there are other rules of the road you should adhere to. If you’re a Pennsylvania driver, make sure you’re aware of the state’s Move Over Law. This law says that you should merge into a lane further from emergency vehicles and responders if you’re approaching an emergency response area. There are also headlight laws in P.A. that tell you when to use your headlights and high beams. Failing to follow these simple rules can result in tickets and fines.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Even when you follow all the safe summer driving tips, accidents can still occur. Though a car accident can be scary and stressful, try your best to remain calm and collect the information you need. If you’re unsure what to do after being involved in a car accident, watch this video where Adam Flager breaks down the correct steps to take.
We hope these tips help you stay safe on the road during all your summer adventures!