Defensive Driving Techniques for Teenagers
Teaching your teen how to drive can be one of the most stressful situations for any parent; however, helping them understand the importance of defensive driving is essential. Here are five tips to share with your young driver this Teen Driving Awareness Month.
#1. Stay Alert
One of the most important things for young drivers to learn is to stay alert to changing road conditions and other drivers that may pose a hazard. By remaining alert, you can also increase your reaction time.
#2. Three-Second Rule
When driving, especially in traffic, a good thing to remember is to keep a three-to-four second distance between you and the car in front of you. To measure this, pick a stationary spot on the side of the road (like a sign or post) and count to three after the car in front of you has passed it. If you reach it before three, you are going too fast.
#3. Go Hands-Free
Eliminating distractions inside your vehicle is essential, so all drivers should be mindful to avoid using handheld electronic devices while driving. This is also the law in Texas.
#4. Buckle Up
Texas law requires all drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt or receive a citation and fine. Teen drivers especially should always remember to wear a seat belt, as these have proven to reduce your risk of serious injury and death in a crash. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that seat belts reduce the risk of death in crashes by 45% and serious injury by 50%.
#5. No Assumptions
It's crucial to never assume what another driver is going to do or how they will react to a potential hazard. If driving near other vehicles, consider scanning ahead and keeping sufficient distance between them and your vehicle.
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