It takes a lot of practice to learn to drive well; in truth, drivers are continuing to learn even after they receive their license. It is always important to follow common sense and official rules of the road but especially so for new drivers. Making turns, inclement weather, passing, merging, parking and driving in crowded areas such as a school campus can all present difficulty without the right training or practice. Following these driving safety tips for new drivers can help reduce your chance of being in a car accident. If you are a new driver who has been in a car accident or your teen driver has been in a car accident, contact a car accident lawyer right away.
Top Driving Safety Tips for New Drivers
Follow the speed limits. The speed limits are set in place to give you ample time to stop or react to avoid a car accident. Speeding is one of the main causes of new driver car accidents.
Follow the flow of traffic (do not drive way over or under the speed limit) and adjust your speed while driving in inclement weather.
On the freeway, the left lane is a passing lane. Always drive on the right side unless you are passing a vehicle.
Always wear your seat belt and insist that all your passengers do too. Only allow the number of people per seat belt to ride in your car.
Avoid crowding your call full of passengers if possible. The more people riding in the car, the more distractions you will have. Distractions increase your chance of getting into a car accident.
Avoid driving while you are overtired or intoxicated.
Adjust your car’s head rest up so that it sits behind your head, not your neck. This simple fix can help to minimize whiplash in case you’re in a car accident.
Keep your windshield is clean. At sunrise and sunset, light reflecting off a dirty windshield can be momentarily blinding.
Drive with two hands on the wheel at either 3 and 9 o’clock or even lower at 4 and 8 o’clock.
Tips for Driving Around Schools
Always stop for school buses when their lights are flashing. The flashing lights mean that students are either getting on or off the bus and may be crossing the street.
Never park in school fire lanes around the school. You could get a ticket but could also risk blocking a fire truck.
A surprising amount of car accidents happen in parking lots. Planning to arrive at school five to ten minutes early and leave five minutes late is a good idea to avoid the mad rush of cars coming and going.
Watch out for kids getting on and off school buses and crossing the parking lot.
If your school has mostly straight parking spaces (instead of angled), park in a space that you can pull straight out of since backing out into crowded lots can be difficult and dangerous.
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