6 Tips to Keep Your New Driver Safe on the Road

18 May 6 Tips to Keep Your New Driver Safe on the Road

They’ve passed their driver’s test, snapped a photo for their license and queued a playlist for the drive to school—now what? As a parent, having your child as new driver on the road can be scary but it doesn’t have to be.

By providing your teen with the necessary instruction, they will be better prepared to deal with any complications that may arise. Tiger Towing suggests sharing these tips with your new driver.

1. If they’re nervous about their first time driving…

Tell them this feeling is normal. Merging onto busy roads or even parking in a crowded garage can be a stressful experience for new drivers. Remind them that practice makes perfect and their confidence as a driver will naturally grow over time.

2. If someone calls…

Instruct the driver to wait to answer the phone until they are finished driving, unless they have enabled a hands-free device. Talking on the phone can be a distraction to drivers and is even banned in several states, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Driving while distracted is a serious risk to even the most experienced drivers.

3. If they see red and blue lights in the rearview mirror…

Before your teen starts the engine, let them know what to do if they are stopped by a police officer while driving. If a police car has its lights on and is following their vehicle, they should pull over to the right side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible. They should have their license and registration available for the officer, so establish where these items will be kept ahead of time.

4. If they are stopped behind a school bus…

Stay patient. Visible indicators like flashing lights and a projecting stop sign signal that students are getting on or off the bus, so do not pass. It is illegal to pass busses while they are picking up or dropping of children from school, according to chapter 304 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

5. If the weather is bad…

Take your time and take your space. Driving in snow and rain requires caution and preparedness. Let the driver know that their speed should match the situation, and it is okay to drive slower in a storm. Be sure to keep an ice scraper, blankets and gloves, a first aid kit and nonperishable snack foods in the car in case of an emergency.

6. If they are in an accident…

This is where we come in. In case of an emergency, count on Tiger Towing for roadside assistance for anything from vehicle removal after an accident to flat tire changes Tiger Towing knows the importance of keeping your children safe. We provide you with peace of mind knowing your driver and their vehicle are in good hands.

 

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