Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers
This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, something that we take quite seriously. You may not know that teenagers accounted for 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2011. Thankfully that number is down from previous years, but we are hoping to eliminate that percentage completely. So, as part of our contribution to Teen Driver Safety Week, we wanted to take the time to share a couple of safe driving tips for teenage drivers. We hope that you take these seriously. Blowing them off could result in a serious accident or even death.
- Keep your cellphone off. Using the phone while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions. Studies have shown that it’s the equivalent of driving drunk. By keeping your phone off, you won’t be tempted to use it. You’ve probably seen the commercials with young drivers who injured themselves or others because they were texting while driving. In every instance the person says that it wasn’t worth it. Heed their warning and wait until your vehicle is parked and off before you turn your phone back on.
- Minimize distractions. While cell phones are the leaders of distracted driving, there are plenty of other instances—especially for teenagers. If you’re in a hurry on your way to get to school, you may try to get ready or eat in the car. You’ve also probably tried cramming in some last minute notes before the exam. These are all forms of distracted driving which can cause your eyes and mind to wander from the road. Instead of multi-tasking in your car, try to wake up 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. We know it sounds tough, but it could save your life.
- Drive by yourself. It has been shown that having even one teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. It is yet another distraction, and the reason that most states have probationary licenses for drivers under 18 years old. The probation period only allows new drivers to have one passenger in their car at a time. It gives the driver time to get used to the roads before they pack their car full of all of their friends and hit the road. The more teenage friends you have in your car, the higher the risk of an accident.
You may have noticed a trend in those three teenage driving tips: they all deal with distracted driving. As an inexperienced driver, distractions are the worst, because you’re already unfamiliar with driving. Even seasoned drivers should avoid distracted driving. It’s simply not worth the risk.
If you are tired of waiting for your parents to get off work so that you can use the car, look into buying one for yourself. Here at Benson Honda, we offer a wide variety of makes and models in our used car inventory. You can also look at our new car inventory where we feature a ton of different Honda models. To find out more about each individual model, check out our 2014 Honda model information pages. Let us know if you have any questions, and remember to be safe out on the road.