Turning 16 and finally getting your driving license is an exciting time. You can go where you want when you want. You don’t have to wait for mom or dad to come pick you up from school or drive you to a friend’s house anymore.
As exciting as it is, getting your license is a huge responsibility. To help ensure your safety, your passenger’s safety, and the safety of drivers around you, follow these safe driving tips.
Your seat belt could be the difference between life or death if you are ever involved in an accident. Not only is not wearing your seat belt unsafe, but it’s also against the law. The law in Florida states that all passengers must wear a seat belt at all times. So, be safe and smart and wear your seat belt.
We get it. Teenagers love to feel connected and love to stay in touch with their friends. However, behind the wheel is not the place for that. When driving, avoid distractions at all times. This is one of the biggest safety tips we can give teen drivers. Leave your phone in your pocket or purse until you get to your destination.
You also cannot stay focused on the road when you’re tired. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep the night before or are coming home from a friend’s house late at night, if you’re tired, don’t drive.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, chances are you’re driving recklessly. Driving recklessly can lead to serious consequences, whether it’s a speeding ticket or even an accident.
Drivers should always make sure they give themselves enough time to get to where they need to be. Before leaving, check Google Maps. This is a great resource and will tell you approximately how long it’s going to take you to get to where you need to go.
You should never drive under the influence, no matter how old you are. Driving while being impaired by drugs or alcohol is dangerous, not only for the driver and their passengers but other drivers on the road. Don’t ever do it. If you have been drinking or using drugs, contact a friend or family member to come pick you up.
Remember, as exciting as it to drive around when and where you want, be safe. Follow these safe driving tips to help make sure you, your passengers, and other drivers are safe.