Safety Tips For New Drivers
Driving for the first time after you get your drivers’ license can be quite an intimidating experience. You are finally allowed to join the chaotic world of road transport that is filled with all sorts of drivers. Chances are, you will get to encounter the worst of drivers during your first drive. But don’t worry, here are some safety tips that will keep you safe on the road as a new driver.
Always wear a seat belt
You have probably heard this a gazillion times, but always ensure that you and other occupants in the car to wear a seat belt. This simple act can improve the safety for the vehicle’ s occupants in all sorts of accidents. If seat belts are uncomfortable for you, there are several seat belt covers available that can help. People that suffer from fibro and sensory issues may need one. Another thing people forget to check is how the seat belt sits on you. It should be firmly across your shoulder and lap, not cutting at your neck. If it is cutting at your neck, take it back to the dealer to be adjusted.
Obey traffic rules
Sounds trivial, but traffic rules were developed to create order and to improve safety while using the road. So make sure to apply all that knowledge you acquired in driving school. Sometimes you may even need to refer back to the manual because it is a lot of information to remember. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your states drivers manual in the glove box of your car.
Do not text while driving
This is a mistake that most beginner drivers and even experienced drivers make. Texting or using your phone can create a major distraction while driving, which increases your chances of getting involved in an accident. Develop a habit for not touching your phone while driving.
Monitor your surroundings
While driving, make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. This means that you should continually check your mirrors and outside of your windows to identify any objects or other road users, their position, and their speed relative to you. This will allow you to make more effective judgments in case of an incident.
Practicing these good tips will help you be a safe and educated driver.