Top Tips for New Drivers
Top Tips for New Drivers
Do you have someone in the home getting ready to get their driver’s license soon? It can be an exciting and super terrifying time. Here are the top tips you need to share with your soon to be driver.
- Be a good role model
One of the best things you can do for your soon to be new driver is to be a good role model yourself. Your new driver is likely watching the way you drive. They are watching how you interact on the road, how you deal with distractions and your personal nuances. The best thing you can do is to be a calm driver that makes good decisions on the road. If you have a ton of road rage or disrespect for the road, then you can expect your new driver to respond in a similar fashion. Do you want your new driver brake checking or cutting people off? Probably not, so don’t show them that this type of behavior is acceptable. This is probably our Top Tip for new Drivers.
- No matter what, make the adjustments before leaving the driveway
Making adjustments to the mirrors, steering wheel or seat is just plain distracting and dangerous if you are already driving down the road. Be sure your soon to be driver knows that all adjustments should be made in the driveway so that the focus on the road IS the road.
This also pertains to things like the radio, air/heat, etc. It is always advisable to spend a little extra time getting adjusted before leaving. Your new driver will soon get quicker and quicker at making these adjustments.
- No distractions
Likely the hardest thing for your soon to be driver to overcome is to not be distracted by their cell phone. The best option is to turn the phone off or at least not have it within reaching distance. Your new driver needs to know how important it is to ignore the cell phone while driving. This tip is a must!
Most states now make it illegal to be on your phone while driving. All text messages, social media apps and phone calls can wait. Remember to also be a good role model about this. If your new driver sees that you are multi-tasking while driving, they will definitely try it too.
Keep in mind, there are other things your new driver might try to do that are just as distracting. Remind them to not be eating while driving or any other activity for that matter. When driving, they need to realize that the road is the only priority.
- Perfect practice makes perfect
When you say “practice makes perfect,” you are forgetting one thing. Your new driver could be practicing driving in a wrong manner and creating bad habits, instead work with them on “perfect practice makes perfect.”
This simply means that your soon to be driver should be driving everywhere, all the time and doing so perfectly. You will have to let your little birdie fly solo, so get them in perfect habits now, so that all driving becomes effortless.
- Left lane drama
When you get down to the details of driving, you need to emphasize some of the road hazards that your new driver may or may not know thoroughly. When it comes to driving on the highway, they must know how dangerous driving slowly in the left lane can be.
In most states it is even illegal to be driving in the left lane if you are not passing another vehicle or you are just driving slowly. Slow drivers in the left lane are dangerous for the cars that try to go around them. Make sure your new driver is aware of how important the left lane is.
- Defensive driving tactic
You might have heard from someone before to drive defensively and for good reason. Your soon to be new driver needs to know that while they might be a good driver, there are many others that are not. When you begin to expect the unexpected, you are going to be able to avoid a lot of potential accidents.
Your soon to be new driver should always keep a safe distance in front of them and they should automatically keep that distance even farther with inclimate weather.
- Make a safety plan
Beyond just being a good driver, your soon to be new driver should know what to do in case of an emergency. Do they know what to do if they break down or are in an accident? Doe your new driver know where their insurance card is, or if they have roadside assistance? Do they know how they should respond if they get pulled over by a police officer?
While you may not be able to recreate each scenario, your new driver should know the basics in case of an emergency. Create a safety plan and be sure they know where all their pertinent information resides.
One can never guarantee their soon to be new driver will always play it safe. It is important that you are a good role model and practice as often as you can. If you help your soon to be driver get in good habits now, those habits should carry on when they are without you.