Tips For New Teen Drivers

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Getting your very first driver’s license is an incredible feeling (you’re finally free!) but it’s also very nervewracking. 

Not only do you have to be concerned about your own personal safety and well-being, but you have to aware of every other driver’s safety and well-being while on the road. 

Plus, you have to make sure your car is in good condition, that you don’t get caught speeding or running a red light, and, yes, you have to pay for gas. 

Let me tell you, driving sounds fun, but operating a vehicle is full of stressors. If you’re a new driver, or if you’re close to someone who is a new driver, here a few helpful tips that may make life on the road a little easier. 

Put Your Phone Away

No seriously, like throw it in the backseat of your car and do not even think about touching it while you’re in the car. 

It can be so tempting to pick it up for a quick second to check a text or respond to a Snapchat message, but it’s not worth it. 

It just takes one second of you taking your eyes off the road for something terrible to happen. That text message, phone call, or email check can wait the 20 minutes it takes you to get to where you’re going. 

Don’t Let Your Gas Tank Get Too Close to Empty 

Filling up the gas tank can be a bit of a drag, but trust us, you don’t want to one day get in your car and realize you only have 13 miles until empty. 

It’s better to be safe than sorry, and especially as a young driver, it’s important to avoid an unnecessary situation. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to fill up when you still have half a tank left, but be aware of your gas levels and fill up when needed. Don’t put it off!

Be Prepared 

Make sure you have your car registration and insurance information in your glove compartment (or in a place you can easily reach), and know where your car manual is located. 

On the off chance you get pulled over, get into a car accident, or have to deal with a mechanical issue, it’s important you know where everything is. 

Don’t Ignore Lights on the Dashboard 

If a light comes on in your car (it’ll usually be on the dashboard), do not ignore it! This usually means there is something wrong with your car or something that needs to be checked ASAP. Use the car manual to identify what the problem is and then make sure to handle it.

If you wait, or simply ignore the light, this could lead to a serious problem with your car or worse, an accident.