Safety Driving Tips For Teens

You finally got your license! Nicely done. This new independence definitely feels awesome, but did you know you’re also way more at-risk than ever before? Not to be a downer, but car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. As a teen behind the wheel, you’re 3x more likely than an adult to be involved in a fatal car crash.i Yikes!

Being aware of the important responsibilities that come with this new freedom will go a long way toward keeping you safe. In addition to our Safety Swag Rap video, the tips below should help get you safely on your way.

It’s the Little Things
Don’t be tempted to gloss over these tried-and-true habits for safe driving. These should become second nature to you from day one:

Obey speed limits. Going too fast is not only reckless, but it’s also one of the main causes of teen car crashes.
No matter what, wear your seatbelt. If you have any friends in your car, make sure they’re buckled up, too before you ever crank up.
Always have gas in your car. It’s neither smart nor safe to push the limits of your gas tank.
Never, ever, ever drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No exceptions.
Ditch Distractions
Focusing on driving requires all of your attention. Here’s how to rid yourself of distractions:

Turn your phone off or put it away before you get behind the wheel. That text message or phone call can wait, and it’s never worth risking your life.
Keep your music at a moderate volume. If your tunes are too loud, you won’t be able to hear car horns or emergency sirens.
Save the food for later. Taking your eyes off the road to grab that sandwich could be a deadly mistake.
Stay in the Cool Lane

As a new driver, it may be overwhelming to be in control of such large machinery at first. After all, the average car weighs about 4,000 lbs, so keep that in mind.ii It’s a big responsibility, and you will make mistakes. But that’s how you learn, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road, remain calm and keep your distance.
Don’t cut off other motorists or follow them too closely. Both maneuvers are dangerous and will only anger fellow drivers.
Driving is a really cool privilege, but it must be handled responsibly. Remember, we all share the road, so keep it safe!