PRESS RELEASE: January 26, 2012 - Getting behind the wheel is always a big responsibility and for new drivers, inexperience makes it even more vital to be aware of this responsibility. To help new drivers improve their skills and be safer on the road, InsuranceHotline.com provides tips every inexperienced driver should keep in mind when heading out on the road. Increased awareness and vigilance are the best ways to become a better driver faster and keep everyone safer.
Learning to drive is a process that doesn’t end when you get your license. Even after passing a driving test, new drivers still have a lot to learn, and need to focus on improving and honing their skills every time they drive. Safe driving goes beyond knowing the basics, so here are some important tips from InsuranceHotline.com to help new drivers, whether young or new to Canada become better drivers faster.
Avoid Distractions on the Road
Both new drivers and veterans should heed this advice, but for an inexperienced driver who has not yet developed the reflexes of a long-time driver it is even more important. Staying focused on what you are doing is the most important thing to consider when you drive. Avoid these common pitfalls:
- Don’t eat or drink while driving, keep hands on the wheel.
- Don’t use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
- Remind friends or family members that full concentration is required and ask them to be quiet.
- Avoid trying to change CDs or change radio stations while driving and keep music at a reasonable volume.
- Don’t attempt to assist children or other people in the car while driving – pull over if necessary.
Distractions while driving are a top cause of accidents. Some of these things such as using a cell phone are also illegal and can result in a ticket. Both tickets and accidents can mean increased car insurance rates, and in some cases legal repercussions as well.
Be Aware of What is Around You
Good drivers are always aware of other vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions so that they are prepared to respond to sudden moves or changes. Make a habit of paying full attention and noting things that are potential hazards to slow down in response or be ready to stop if necessary. A few of the things to be aware of while driving include:
- School zones or playgrounds where children might be present.
- The possibility of slippery road conditions including black ice.
- The location of other vehicles on the road.
- Changing traffic lights up ahead.
- Pedestrians who may jaywalk.
It is up to the driver to respond appropriately to the road conditions and things happening around their vehicle, but it takes time and practice to become instinctive. New drivers need be extra vigilant and aware; an accident on their driving record can cause increases in auto insurance rates that are already higher for inexperienced drivers. Sticking to these tips will help people become a better driver now and for the future.