Getting your license is a huge milestone for teens. Having the freedom to drive alone with your friends and go to the mall or movies is exciting and gives you a sense of adulthood. With that though, comes responsibility. Being a teen driving in 2022 means there are more distractions than ever before. Teens need to learn what those distractions are and ways to avoid getting into an accident. Here, New Image Towing discusses new drivers in 2022 and tips to learn and know to avoid being in an accident. Check it out below and be sure to give us a call if you need any of our towing services.
Driving Tips For New Drivers
Music Can Be Distracting
Being the driver typically means that you get to pick the music. But this can be dangerous for new drivers. When you first get your license, concentration is very important. Friends and loud music are some of the biggest distractions among teens. In a recent study, 98% of teens who listen to loud music had more driving errors. And 20% needed an assisted steering or braking maneuver to prevent an accident. This goes to show that loud distracting music can mess with your concentration. So with that being said, until you’ve gained some driving experience and are confident, turn the music down or off.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Being distracted while driving is the biggest reason for accidents. Yes, talking with friends or family can be fun, but let’s make sure we are keeping our eyes on the road. Being focused while driving is crucial to reducing distracted driving and keeping yourself and others safe.
Put The Phone Down
One of the biggest distractions for new drivers is the cell phone. Being on the phone to text or answer a phone call can lead to an accident. Additionally, the hands-free law is strongly enforced in the state of Georgia. So, hands-free calling and touch-free navigation are effective ways for drivers to minimize distractions. Before using any devices while driving, check to see if you have the technology to do so hands-free. If not, refrain from using your phone until you arrive at your destination.
Avoid Getting Ready While Driving
How often do you see a girl putting on make-up or a guy shaving in the car? This kind of distraction can result in crashes and makes the road unsafe for everyone. Getting ready for school or work while driving is dangerous and should be avoided. Prepare yourself with enough time to get ready. If you don’t have a lot of time, remember that it is better to be late than to not arrive at all.
Avoid Emotional Driving
We understand people can have emotions or breakdowns. If you’re having a bad day or you’re feeling stressed or angry, pull over where it’s safe to do so. Driving while emotional can take our focus off the road, resulting in aggressive driving or an accident. We all have bad days, so when we find ourselves having one, the best thing to do is to stop driving until we’re feeling better. Practice safe driving to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe on the road.
Don’t Eat & DrivE
How many times have you seen someone eating while driving? Eating while on the road can actually be a distraction! Consuming food while driving is a challenge that can make you take your eyes off the road. If you’re taking your eyes off the road, you’re engaging in distracted driving. If you can’t wait to get home to eat, pull off to a safe parking lot and enjoy your meal. The last thing we need is a swerving driver trying to shovel fries into their mouth. Be safe!!
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