Teen Safe Driving

October 17, 2017

Wolfe Insurance Group

Categories: Auto, parenting, Safety, Safety Tips, student, teens, Travel

Here is a list of things to keep teen safe while driving, but really these are good tips for any driver for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). 

Don’t try to multitask. Avoid these nine distractions while driving:

Talking on the phone even if hands-free. Teen drivers younger than 18 can’t legally talk on the phone while driving even with a hands-free device

Text messaging

Tweaking your GPS settings

Grooming. That means no putting on makeup, brushing your hair, picking your nose, etc

Retrieving dropped items. Let it go. You can get it later

Driving unruly passengers. That’s why teen drivers aren’t allowed to have more than one person in the car with them who is under 21 unless a family member

Letting the dog onto your lap

Rubbernecking. Don’t try to figure out what happened in that accident. Just mind your own driving

Don’t text and drive

Don’t always assume that green means go. Look out for the driver who runs a red light

Don’t drive when you’re tired. Pull off the road, take a pit stop, get a soda, get some fresh air

Don’t ignore the weather. Double or triple the space you normally leave between you and the car in front of you in wet weather

Minimize whiplash in case of an accident by adjusting your car’s headrest to a height behind your head – not your neck

Keep your hands at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the steering wheel

Be mindful of manufacturer recalls. Look up your vehicle by vehicle identification number at this site https://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle-Owners/Check-For-Recalls/CheckForRecalls

Watch out for motorcyclists. They are hard to see and are in your blind spot often. (We’d also add bicyclists and pedestrians)

Keep an emergency kit in your car. Have supplies should your car become disabled or you become injured.

 

For questions and more information, please call your trusted agent at Wolfe Insurance Group 614-418-5710