Defensive Driving Techniques for Teen Driver Safety

Defensive Driving Techniques for Teen Driver Safety

3 Tips to Teach Your Teen Early On

If you're starting the new year with a new driver in the house, teaching them techniques that can keep them safe on the roadways is essential. Here are three defensive driving tips you can share during this National Teen Driving Awareness Month to help your teen be safer:

#1. Understand Blind Spots

Many young and inexperienced drivers are unaware of how blind spots can vary depending on the vehicle. When teaching your child defensive driving, ensure they understand where the blind spots on their vehicle are located, why they should frequently check these areas, and how this can vary with larger or smaller vehicles.

#2. Know the Three-Second Rule

The three-second rule is a common way to measure the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you to have a safe stopping distance. This can be measured by:

  • Picking a stationary point on the road (sign, light post).
  • Waiting for the car in front of you to pass that point.
  • Counting how long it takes for you to reach that point.

If you pass it before three seconds, you are likely driving too fast for the road conditions.

#3. Never Make Assumptions About Other Drivers

One of the biggest mistakes inexperienced drivers make is assuming that other drivers are paying attention or using the same safe practices. It's crucial to remember that you can never predict how another driver will react to a potential hazard or how their vehicle is functioning.

Instead of assuming, continue to scan the road ahead and other vehicles around you, so you can adapt to potential hazards as they arise.

Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys

Unfortunately, even if your teen driver takes all the necessary precautions to reduce their likelihood of a collision, negligent individuals may pose a risk to them on the roads. If your child has become injured as a result of the negligence of another driver, schedule a free consultation with our office to discuss your potential case.

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