What Safety Tips Should Every Young Driver Be Taught
Young drivers have much higher accident rates than more experienced drivers, and the fatality rate for young drivers is more than twice as high compared to older drivers.
Newer drivers have less experience operating motor vehicles, and are more prone to unsafe behaviours on the road, which contributes to this higher accident rate.
So, how can you protect yourself or your teen driver from a serious or fatal crash? Find out now with these safe driving tips from Pass First Go.
1. Always Wear Your Seat Belt
Seat belts are the best way to prevent serious and potentially fatal accidents. All young drivers – and everyone on the road, for that matter – should wear their seat belts at all times.
2. Know How To Handle Bad Weather & Poor Road Conditions
It’s a good idea for young drivers to get some experience driving in bad weather, and to know basic safety tips such as:
- Turning on headlights when it’s raining or snowing
- Reducing speed in poor conditions
- Using windshield wipers to clear the windshield
- Taking note of large puddles, ice, and other road conditions while driving
- Slowing down and turning gradually to enhance safety
3. Be Careful Driving At Night
Young drivers also must learn how to drive carefully at night, and how to do things like avoid looking into the headlights of other drivers, slow down around curves, avoid using interior dome lights to preserve their night vision, and other such defensive driving techniques.
Young drivers also should regularly check their brake lights, headlights, and indicators before driving at night to ensure they are visible and can drive safely among other road users.
4. Always Drive At Or Under The Speed Limit
Driving at higher speeds than posted speed limits is illegal and can result in serious penalties for L and P plate drivers. This is a safety issue, too. Higher speeds mean less reaction time between noticing an obstacle or issue on the road and taking evasive action.
Basically, the faster you drive, the less time you have to react. Following speed limits ensures that younger drivers have enough time to react properly to a potentially dangerous situation.
5. Never Drive Distracted
Young drivers may not use cell phones or other electronic devices, and must also avoid doing things like applying makeup in the car, eating while driving, or fiddling with the radio or climate control systems. New drivers should always avoid distracted driving at all costs, as this is one of the major causes of accidents in Australia.
6. Be Very Careful In Parking Lots
Parking lots and car parks can be very dangerous for new drivers who may not be used to looking out for pedestrians, cars, and other types of traffic. New drivers should take care to use their mirrors, perform head checks, and make sure the area is clear before reversing out of a spot or making other such maneuvers in parking lots.
Young Drivers Can Become Safer Drivers With Professional Driving Instruction
At Pass First Go, we’re here to help young drivers get the driving and safety tips they need from professional driving instructors. Don’t wait – whether you’re a learner driver or a parent of a learner, Pass First Go is here to help. Visit our website now to view available instructors and book lessons in ACT, NSW and VIC.