As your kids transition from carpool passengers and bus riders to teenage drivers, here are five skills you must teach your new teenage driver about road safety.
Put down your phone
Whether you’re texting, calling, gaming, or listening to music, you should never use your handheld device while driving. You not only endanger your own life, but also the lives of those around you. Simply pull into a safe parking area, place the car into park, and then proceed to use your handheld device.
Never assume other drivers see you
When you’re merging onto a highway or changing lanes, never assume that other drivers see you. Even though you’re paying attention to every driver around you, the drivers you see may not be paying attention to you. Drive defensively knowing that you may have to compensate for other drivers who are not paying attention to you or their surroundings.
Green doesn’t always mean go
If you’re in the very front of traffic that’s waiting for a red stop light to turn green, remember that green doesn’t always mean go. One of the most dangerous moments in driving is when cross traffic is speeding through an intersection as the light goes from yellow to red. Some drivers in cross traffic might run the red light, just as your light turns green. When your light does turn green, look both ways before driving forward, and then proceed through the intersection.
Obey construction zone speed limits, even when no workers are present
Driving through construction zones require your utmost attention. Your safety, as well as those who are working on the road, depends on obeying all construction zone speed limits and observing any hazards that may exist in the zone. Even when you do not see any workers present in the construction zone, assume that they are present and obey the corresponding speed limit.
Slow down to at least 10 m.p.h. below the speed limit when it rains
When it rains, not only does the road become slick, but your visibility becomes limited as well. Slowing down to at least 10 m.p.h. below the speed limit when it rains will help you maneuver more safely through a wet roadway, while also allowing you to better compensate for your lower visibility.
For more information on how to properly teach your kids about road safety, please contact North Shore Driving School Ltd. for more information.