If you are interested in or terrified by the topic of new drivers, it means that you are a new driver yourself, or you are the parent of one. Either way, Epilitos Towing wants to share with you some tips that will help make this transition an exciting one for everyone involved.
5 Driving Tips for New Drivers
When it comes to driving, everyone does it differently. As you start to venture out on your own, you begin to pick up little things from other drivers. There will be habits that you want to add to your growing list of skills, and there will be habits that you should try to avoid. Below are five driving tips that will help you be a better driver:
Take a Driver’s Course
The more you practice, the better you get. It’s also helpful to have more than one teacher. You’ll learn the rules and best practices of driving, and by the time you finish the course, you’ll be able to show your parents how well you’re doing. This will help them relax when you drive somewhere on your own.
Make Gradual Steps to Independent Driving
Many states have different rules for new drivers, such as no passengers under the age of 16 for the first six months of driving. Despite these rules, you can make your own on top of those. For instance, limiting night driving is a good start.
Driving at night is a different experience, and more kids have accidents after 9:00 PM, so it’s best to wait until your new driver has more experience driving during the day. Limiting the number of passengers in the car is also a good practice. Each new person is a distraction for your new driver.
Talk with One Another
Before handing over the keys, make sure that your new driver knows the rules and agrees to follow them. This can include no drinking, no texting, no speeding, etc. As for the new drivers out there, your parents love you and care about your safety. You feel like rolling your eyes, but driving is a privilege that you have earned. Don’t lose that opportunity by making poor choices. Parents, don’t be afraid to take the keys away if any of your established rules are broken.
Good Grades will Help
New drivers, I know what you’re thinking. Your parents are making this up so that you do your homework. While they may be using this point to encourage you to focus in school, good grades can also help lower your monthly car insurance payment.
If you can maintain a full-time high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can sometimes be eligible for a discount, such as the Good Student discount that Esurance provides. There are many insurance options out there, so shop around and choose what works for you and your family.
Keep Your Driving Record Clean
Every vehicular infraction that occurs under your insurance will stay on your driving record, so you want to make sure your new driver follows safe new driving practices. Speeding is one of the highest infractions amongst teenage drivers. Make sure they know that if they speed, paying the ticket will be their responsibility, as will the difference in monthly insurance payments that may increase due to bad driving habits. You can also invest in a vehicle tracking device to ensure they are following the rules.
We care about the safety of you and your new driver. If there is ever a need for roadside assistance, please contact Epilitos Towing. We’re available 24/7 and want to make your driving experience a safe one.