Today’s guest post is about a topic that is on the radar for many parents, including me in just a few short years, teen driving! Please welcome Sarah Henderson from I DRIVE SAFELY as she shares some great tips for keeping teen drivers safe on the road during the summer months.
It’s July, which means the scorching days of summer are upon us. Young people everywhere want to cruise down to the beach or the public pool to cool off – but it’s the “cruising” portion of this scenario the requires special attention. Getting behind the wheel during the summer months is still risky – way beyond a too-hot-to-touch steering wheel or sticky leather seats.
Here are some tips to keep you safe on the road so you stay stress-free and enjoy your summer fun.
1. Keep Your Car in Tip-Top Shape
It may seem easy to maintain your car during the summer since there aren’t things like an iced-over windshield to deal with on most days. But extreme heat causes problems for your vehicle too, and there are ways to prevent them. For example, engine overheating is a serious issue during summer. By regularly checking your coolant level, it’s easier to keep the problem at bay.
2. Keep Passengers to a Minimum
Even though teens have the freedom to spend more time with their friends during the summer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that big groups in a newly licensed driver’s car are a good idea. Regardless of age, passengers are distracting for any driver. But distraction coupled with inexperience behind the wheel only spells disaster.
3. Never Drink and Drive
Summer is a popular time for barbecues and beach bonfires: events that frequently include alcohol. No one should ever get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol – even if you’re over 21 and especially if you’re a teen. The risk is simply not worth it.
4. Avoid Driving At Night
Summer parties often take place a night, which means more night driving for teens. And, nighttime is dangerous for teen drivers: visibility is reduced and the is a higher chance of an accident occurring. Plus, it’s the time when drunk drivers are out (some could even be fellow party-goers!). Because of this, teens should stay off the road after dark if at all possible, or at least reduce their drive time when it’s late.
Keep these tips in mind whenever a teen hits the road. Driver’s ED courses, like the ones offered by I DRIVE SAFELY, cover this information extensively, as well as other helpful facts that every driver should be aware of. Whether you’re a teen that needs a refresher course, or a teen that’s looking to get your driver’s license tomorrow, I DRIVE SAFELY has you covered. Stay safe out there!
Sarah takes a keen interest in child road safety and also in the road itself, for anyone to remain safe on the roads they must also be safe to actually ride/drive on, for more information please see here.