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10 Safe Driving Tips for New Drivers

10 Safe Driving Tips for New Drivers

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2011
The early years of driving are the most dangerous, as new drivers are more likely to have an accident during their first two years than at any other time. To reduce the likelihood of an accident, here are some safe driving tips for new drivers:

  • Always wear your seat belt and ensure that all passengers are safely belted in as well. Put loose items and cargo in the trunk, as they can become projectiles during a sudden stop.
  • Make driving a priority eating, drinking, cell phone conversations, texting, and other distractions cause countless accidents.
  • Don't drive when you need to sleep. Thousands are killed and injured each year after falling asleep behind the wheel pull over and find a safe place to rest.
  • Weather can change how a vehicle accelerates, brakes, and handles. Adjust your speed accordingly.
  • Turning on your headlights increases visibility, and the ability of others to see you, regardless of the time of day.
  • Don't text or talk on a mobile phone while driving.
  • Adjust all controls, including mirrors, steering wheel, and seat, before you start the ignition.
  • When parking on a hill, turn the front wheels so the front end will roll toward the curb, and always set the parking brake.
  • Always slow or yield at intersections, even if the light is green, as other drivers may not be as alert.
  • Know and maintain your vehicle check the tires and vital fluids frequently to prevent breakdowns.
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