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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the number one killer of Canada teens, and six teens, ages 16-19, die daily from non-life-threatening injuries. To avoid becoming one of these statistics, you must improve your driving skills and be very careful on the road. Being a safe and cautious driver is not a safe way to prevent accidents, but it can significantly reduce risk. Here are several tips for driving younger people.
Avoid using your cell phone
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said using cell phones while driving is equivalent to driving while intoxicated. This also applies to the use of hands-free cell phones. Most states are enacting laws to ban the use of cell phones and text messages while driving, often under strict rules for teen drivers.
Do not send text messages
According to the DMV, on average, texting causes the driver to divert their attention from the road for 4.6 seconds. It’s time to run around the soccer field, and in the meantime, a lot can go wrong. Texting is not a good idea when your car is also stopped, because when you have your head down you won’t notice the important events around you. Texting behind the wheel, whether driving or stopping, is prohibited in many states.
Follow the speed limit
One of the main causes of fatal teenage accidents is speed. When other vehicles around you are accelerating, don’t try to keep up with them. Instead, drive slowly down the lane and drive at a leisurely pace.
Having a speed limit can keep you safe and avoid costly traffic tickets that can increase your auto insurance premiums.
You can enjoy a drink or breakfast, turn the radio dial or play the music of your choice while traveling in your car. However, this distraction can revolve around your mind and vision, causing you to lose control of your vehicle or realize impending danger. As an inexperienced driver, it is better to get rid of all the discomfort when driving.
Practice Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is a very important safety measure for teen drivers. This includes knowing the vehicles around you and taking into account escape routes when an accident is about to occur. When driving slowly, you should have a length or more behind the car in front of you. Maintain a large buffer zone at high speed.
Safe driving is worth practicing because it doesn’t just hurt you. It can also help you get better auto insurance rates.