This doesn’t mean that you should always be tensed up and just waiting for an accident to happen. What it does mean is that you have to keep an eye on what the other drivers around you are doing, and try to anticipate what they are going to do. If you are able to do this, you will be able to avoid a lot of fender benders, which, of course, are not something you want to happen.
There are many new drivers who end up getting into accidents, mainly due to their inexperience behind the wheel. This is one of the reasons for the graduated licensing system, so new drivers always have licensed drivers with them until they are ready to be out on the road alone. Here are some statistics about young drivers.
Remember, if you learn to drive defensively and pay attention to everything that is going on around you while you are driving, you will not become one of these statistics.
There are a few things you should know about defensive driving, and here you will find some really great defensive driving tips for new drivers. (They are actually great for everyone who drives, no matter how long they have been driving.) These tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.
The research results below speak for themselves.
If you need to make an emergency call, make sure that you pull over to a parking lot, or at least the side of the road, before you use your cell phone.
Watch the video to learn how to handle following distances correctly:
If there is not enough room, chances are that you are going to end up rear-ending that vehicle, and even if the accident is the other driver’s fault, your insurance company may still raise your rates, and consider the accident to be your fault.
Try to make sure that there are at least two car lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. This way, you will have room if you need to stop quickly. If you are driving on snow-covered or icy roads, you should make sure there is even more room between yours and the vehicle ahead, because it will take longer to stop.
Meanwhile, check some tips to drive safely in bad weather conditions:
Have someone with you when you drive at night until you are more skilled, and practice winter driving where there is no chance of having an accident, such as in an empty parking lot. It is better to be safe now than sorry later on.
Getting your driver’s license is a really great thing, and it is just one more step on your way to adulthood. Remember, once you are a licensed driver, you have a whole new set of responsibilities. You are not only responsible for yourself, but for anyone who happens to be in the vehicle with you when you are driving, and you are responsible for those who are driving around you.
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