9 skills young drivers should practise


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If your teenager is starting to drive these are some useful guidelines you may wish to implement. Young drivers need to get into good habits from the start and if they followed these guidelines they may avoid an accident or being hurt in a collision in the future.

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9 skills young drivers should practise

  1. 1. Seat Belts Make sure your young driver always fastens his or her seatbelt and checks to make sure that passengers do too. Teenagers are least likely to wear seat belts. Most teenagers killed in car accidents are not wearing safety belts.
  2. 2. Encourage your teenager to regularly look far down the road, then closer in and then through mirrors. Teach your teenager to identify and avoid potentially reckless drivers and hazards on the road Scan the road ahead
  3. 3. Observe how your teenager manages speed and determine if he or she sees and responds to speed limit signs. Point out how to adjust speed to the situation. Weather, traffic, hazards and experience factor into a safe driving speed.
  4. 4. Passenger Maintenance Watch how your teenager focuses on driving with family in the car. Passengers, and the distractions the represent, can be deadly. The propensity to crash increases with even one teenage passenger. Consider allowing no teenage passengers for the first six months of driving after passing the driving test.
  5. 5. Hazard Detection and Response Help your teenager anticipate the actions of other drivers. Drivers have three seconds to respond to a hazard; one to recognise and two to react. Ask your teenager to point out risky situations and discuss how to avoid the dangers.
  6. 6. Mobile Phone Management Be sure your teenager routinely turns off and puts away any mobile phone before starting the car. If your teenager needs to make a call, he or she should pull over and stop for the duration of the call.
  7. 7. NightDriving Watch how your teenager adjusts to night driving. Fatal crashes are more likely at night than during the day. Continue to practice with your teenager and consider banning unsupervised night driving for the first six months of licenses driving.
  8. 8. Keeping their Distance from the vehicle in front Encourage your teenager to keep a minimum three-second distance between his or her car and the car in front. Instruct them to watch the rear bumper of the car in front pass an object. Then ask him to count out loud for three to four seconds before his or her car passes the same object.
  9. 9. Avoiding Distractions Encourage your teenager to fully concentrate on driving. Ask him or her to avoid activities that take the focus off the road, including eating, drinking, reaching for an object, reading billboards or adjusting/programming electronics.
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