Inexperience means that young drivers tend to have very high crash rates. It makes sense. Think of any skill you’ve learned, from riding a bike to playing the guitar. You make the most mistakes at the beginning. It’s true with driving, as well.
The problem is that these mistakes can easily be deadly. They can also put other drivers and the passengers in the car with the inexperienced driver at risk. Therefore, it’s especially important for these drivers to know as many safety tips as possible. Here are a few to consider:
- Never eat or drink while behind the wheel. It may feel like a way to save time, but it’s actually a major distraction and can cause an accident.
- Turn off your cellphone. Just setting it down may not be enough, since it’s designed to be addictive, and you need to stay off of it while driving.
- Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. People who cut it too close are usually those who end up speeding and taking risks. Even if you think you know how long it takes to get where you’re going, pad your time just a bit.
- Stay alert and watch the traffic around you. Don’t assume other drivers are safe. They make mistakes, and seeing those mistakes coming — acting as a defensive driver — can protect you.
- Always obey all traffic laws. Use your blinker, following the speed limit or wearing a seatbelt.
These tips can help, but accidents still happen to drivers of all ages and with all experience levels. If you get hit, you need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills and related costs.