Learning to drive is a rite of passage, and can be the most exciting thing about turning 16. However, the reality is often different from what you imagine the learning experience to be like, so it’s important that you know what to expect.
The driving permit and the driving test are extremely different than what you may be used to. These exams are not your typical sit-down and cram. While you will, of course, need to know all about cars, driving and the rules of the road, the main component is the practical exam. There is only one way to get ready for on the road test. Practice makes perfect, and signing up for lessons with a reputable driving school should mean you get all the practice you need to feel comfortable behind the wheel so that you pass your test on the first try. It will also help you know exactly what they are looking for when they are testing each skill.
Learning to drive can be expensive, so make sure you’ve saved up enough money for all of your lessons. However, it isn’t just the learning process that can be costly. There are certain things you have to have to be able to get on the road. You will also need to make sure you have enough money set aside to buy a car, pay for insurance, and any maintenance which it might need.
Important Tips For Teen Driving
While I say these are important tips for teens, they are actually important tips for everyone.
Put the Phone is Drive Mode or Turn it Off: There is never a good reason to do things on the phone when you are driving. You should never text, change the music, and honestly, even talking on the phone while driving can be a problem. It has been shown that even hands-free talking on the phone is the same as driving drunk. Your reflexes are slower and it can lead to an accident.
Always Follow the Speed Limit: It goes without saying that there are speed limits for a reason. But people, especially teens, need a reminder. Sometimes people might get a little heavy footed or get caught up in a song and drive a little faster.
Drive Alone and Minimize Distractions: The more distracted you are, the more likely there is a chance of an accident. Anything from eating, drinking and talking to someone in the car can make it easy to get distracted. Some states even have a law where teen drivers under a certain age are not allowed to drive with other teens unless there is an adult present. This is because of distracted driving.
Use Headlights: Many cars these days have automatic headlights, but not all. Even if it is auto, some people still turn the headlights off. It is important to have the headlights on, especially at night, dusk and dawn and in bad weather. It makes the other drivers see your car easier.
Use these teen driving tips to help your teen learn to drive safely.