If you’re like most people around the globe, you probably make resolutions each year, to change a habit or behavior. Something that you may want to think about this year, before making your resolution, is the way you drive. Minor changes in the way you drive may save your life.
The following is a list of the five major dangers for teen drivers, and how you can drive smarter and safer in the coming year:
- Driving at night – If you must drive when it’s dark outside, make sure that you aren’t tired. Research suggests that driving after you’ve been awake for more than 18 hours is the same a driving under the influence. Make sure you get plenty of rest before getting on the road.
- Distractions – These can be your cell phone, friends, the radio or even a hamburger. Limit your distractions as much as possible when you’re driving. And if you’re a passenger, don’t be a distraction.
- Speeding – Make sure you leave your house on time, in order to get to your destination without needing to speed. Remember – if you double your speed, say from 30-60 m.p.h., your breaking distance does not become twice as long, it becomes four times as long.
- Not buckling up – Make sure you wear your safety belt everywhere, and no matter where you are in the car. It’s there to save your life, so let it.
- Driving under the influence – Don’t drink and drive. Drinking makes you stupid. It can also make you dead.
For more information about the major dangers for teen drivers, check out our major dangers page. Happy New Year from Teens in the Driver Seat.