Safety Tips for Your New Teen Driver

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Choose a Reputable Drivers ed Program

Most states require that teens take approved drivers education. The good thing about these professional courses is that teens learn essentials of car management, current rules of the road, and safe driving attitudes. In fact, my wife found the perfect Drivers ed program in Colorado. It is vital for parents to find a reputable drivers ed course with quality lessons and current information.

Start Talking Early

teen driving motorbikeThe best time to start talking about the responsibilities and risks of driving is now. Remember those car accidents are the leading cause of death across the country. Therefore, you should talk to your teen about the risks of driving as this is a matter of death and life. Take time each week to share your concerns with your teen and continue the dialogue even after licensing.

Set the Ground Rules

You can have a parent-teen driving contract that sets rules, rewards, consequences, and restrictions for the teen in writing. In this way, you can establish driving as a privilege and something that is concrete to both of you. Ideally, consequences are nothing if you do not enforce them. Thus, if your teen does a great job, you should reward him or her.

Anticipate Peer Pressure

When teens drive with their fellow teens, he or she tends to take more driving risks. If your teen is in the vehicle with another teen driver, they should know that it is okay to say something during a risky or uncomfortable situation. You should go over what you want to say and practice so that your teen speaks up when driving in dangerous situations.

No Teen Passengers at Night

teen driverA teen driver increases the chances of crashing with each extra teen passenger. Also, the rates of teen crashes are at a peak during the night. Recent studies show that teens are easily distracted. It is a good idea to know who your teen is driving with to ensure your teen’s safety. Also, you should not allow teen passengers at night.

Be an Example

Probably, your teen has been watching the way you drive for many years. The parents’ driving behavior directly influences that of teen’s driving actions. In fact, poor parent drivers are likely to have teens that are involved in accidents and get traffic tickets. However, if you are a good driver, your teen is likely to put on a seat belt and be a courteous driver.

Safety Rules to Follow while Driving a Truck

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Driving is a hobby for some people but driving a truck is not as easy as you might think. Finding your way through express highway, and delivering goods on time is not an easy task. The first and most important thing for truck drivers is to ensure they have a commercial driving license. Extra precaution must be exercised when driving a truck. Below are some perfect safety rules for truck drivers to help them have a safe ride.

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As a driver, you must follow the speed limit to reduce chances of crashing. When it comes to trucking, adhering to the speed limit signs at times is still too fast and particularly at entrance and exit points. Set the speed far lower than the posted speed when going through any curve.

Maintain the Truck

Check the truck thoroughly before you use it. Every morning check the mirrors, fluid level, horn and the braking system which are essential given the weight of the truck when riding on them. If you suspect or spot anything unusual, don’t take it for granted instead let it get checked by the mechanic.

Be Cautious at Blind Spots

There are no zones spots where other motorists are not aware of them, and they go ahead and use these spots e.g. directly behind the truck, behind the side mirrors and off to the side just in front of the cab. It is upon you to exercise caution if you realize other motorists are not aware of these trouble spots, and they are driving dangerously close.

Maintain Distance with other Motorists

While driving a truck, ensure you have maintained a safe distance in front, back and even sideways with other motorists. This will prevent unnecessary collision with other motorists.

Take Care of Yourself

Truck drivikmnb35edr6t27e2u82i29ng is not all about the truck but also yourself. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, little bit of exercises and having quality time at home will help you to remain refreshed when you are behind the wheel.

Adjust for Bad Weather

When driving a truck and the weather is hostile, reduce the speed by one-third on wet roads and one-half if the weather is snow. Take your time to maneuver if the weather is not good. Before changing lanes, allow your indicator to blink for about five times.

Truck driving is not like driving a personal car. This is a commercial vehicle, and therefore, precaution has to be taken when driving.