Safe Summer Driving Tips For Teens
Summer is quickly approaching and if you’re a licensed teen or the parent of one, that means summer adventures on the road. At Flager & Associates, P.C., we’re big proponents of being prepared. Whether you’ve been driving for some time or newly licensed to drive, these 5 driving tips will help to keep you safe on the road this 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 it’s in optimal working condition. If you’re heading out on a road trip with friends, have your oil changed and tires inspected. This allows you to catch any potential problems before you hit the road. Always keep a roadside emergency kit in your car. This includes flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, washer fluid, and antifreeze that you can use in case of an emergency.
Watch your speed: Speed limits are posted by the state and determined by experts. Exceeding the speed limit is a leading cause of accidents in teen driving, so it’s important to obey them at all times. This 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 out 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. Planning your route accordingly will let you know what time you need to leave to avoid feeling rushed.
Limit your distractions: Cell phones, iPods, and even other people can be distractions to you as you’re driving. 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 car 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.
Check the weather report: Summer storms can appear at a moment’s notice. Rain can make roads dangerous to drive on, so it’s important 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.
Stay safe on the road this summer with these driving tips.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, contact Flager & Associates, PC today.