7 Safety Tips for Novice Drivers

For many young people, learning how to drive is one of the most exciting times in their lives. While you may be anxious to showcase your independence, your parents may be stressed out. Even if you have practiced and passed your driver’s test, there is no way to prepare for the unpredictability of daily driving. The threat of being involved in a car accident is always there. Here are some tips that you can use to stay safe while you enjoy your first few months of independent driving.

Rely on Your Education

Before earning your license, you’ll likely have to pass a driver’s education course. Taking this course will help you become more comfortable as a driver. In order to enhance the experience, many of today’s driver’s education courses include online learning in addition to real-world experience on the road. Be sure to rely on the things you’ve learned during driver’s education while you get comfortable on the road.

Continue Practicing

During breaks in your schedule, continue getting a lot of practice. You have to spend time behind the wheel in order to improve as a driver. The more time you spend practicing, the more you’ll learn different things about operating a car and following traffic laws.

Minimize Distractions

Stay focused on the road at all times. Avoid texting or any other activities that prevent you from keeping your eyes on the road. Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it’s also illegal. You only have to take your eye off the road for a split second to be involved in a potentially serious auto accident. For your safety, as well as everyone else around you, avoid distractions.

Defensive Driving

Mastering defensive driving will help you become a competent driver. As a beginner, you may be unfamiliar with how to navigate your vehicle in unexpected situations. Defensive driving will help you stay calm during dangerous road conditions. The course can now be taken on line. For more information visit our website www.scavoneins.com there is a link to one of the NY DMV approved courses.

Avoid Speeding

Try to stay within 5 to 10 miles of the speed limit at all times. Speeding is extremely dangerous, especially during inclement weather. When you are speeding, it’s harder to control your vehicle. Speeding often leads to accidents. When you see a stop sign or yellow light approaching, don’t try to rush through it.

Avoid Tailgating

One of the most common mistakes that new drivers make is following the car ahead of them too closely. If the car in front of you has to brake or slow down unexpectedly, an accident is unavoidable. In this situation, law enforcement will likely hold you liable for driving too closely to the other vehicle. Make sure that you leave multiple car lengths between you and any preceding vehicles.

Learn Your Blind Spot

As a new driver, you must learn how to handle your blind spot when changing lanes. This will help you avoid collisions. Pay attention to your rearview and side-view mirrors to make sure there are no cars in your blind spot. Generally, becoming more aware and watchful of other cars near you on the road can help you predict if one may move into your blind spot, allowing you to adjust appropriately if you must change lanes.

Practicing safe driving habits takes time and discipline. Always wear your seatbelt and pay attention to all of your surroundings. For more information on why safe driving is beneficial to your auto insurance policy, contact the experts at the Scavone Insurance Center in White Plains, New York today.

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