Utah Drives: Important safety tips for your young driver

By on May 29, 2018
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We all know a young driver. And we are all possibly scared by this young driver. Well, instead of being scared let’s help them get better. Here are five tips to share as you teach or drive with teens.

1- Don’t use your phone.

Or iPod for that matter. This is number one. Distracted driving kills and it will likely land you a large ticket. Police are watching closely for texting, calling and even changing the music. Put it down, put it on silent and don’t check it until you park.

2- Adjust before moving.

Mirrors, seat, windows. It is important to adjust all these to your size for a safe trip from point A to point B so that you can see everything around you. It is just as important to make these adjustments while the car is stopped. And when you are finished adjusting…buckle up.

3- Wear your seatbelt.

Yes, it may seem obvious, but this tip goes a little deeper. It is important to make sure you buckle up and everyone else in the car does too. Be insistent that if people are to ride with you they have to wear a safety belt.

4- Don’t give in to distractions.

There are lots distractions besides your phone. Eating, talking to friends, checking yourself in the mirror. The list goes on. When you are driving focus on only driving. Even if that means ignoring conversations around you or going hungry until you can stop.

5- Be confident.

Driving opens the door to a much bigger world and it can be intimidating but don’t let it scare you away. Driving can be fun and a means to get places in order to do more fun things. Be confident in your ability. You got this!