10 Things Every Teen Driver Should Know

10 Things Every Teen Driver Should Know
27 Jan 2016

It’s not a bad idea to talk with a teen who’s about to receive their license about what having a license is all about. In the following article, we will examine several situations that may prove difficult for new drivers and should be talked about before they occur.

Road rage – When somebody offends you on the road, take a deep breath and know that your anger will go away in a few minutes. Just relax. If you’ve angered another driver, don’t get pulled into interacting with them. Just get out of there and on with your day.

Flat tires – When a flat tire happens, it’s a weird feeling. As soon as you suspect that a tire is heading towards flat, pull off to the side of the road. If it’s a tire on the front of the car, your steering wheel will begin to shake and the tire will create a thumping sound. When a back wheel is the problem, the rear of the car may drop a little and that will cause a thumping sound as well. If you are planning to change any flat yourself, be sure you know how to do it.  If you do not feel comfortable doing changing the tire, then call roadside assistance.

Car accident – If you have a car accident, and the car is drivable, turn on the flashers and pull safely off the road. Then immediately call the cops (911). Next step is to take a breath, step out of the car and exchange information with the other drivers and witnesses present. Its always a great idea to take many pictures with your cell phone as well.

The “Check Engine” light– The check engine light in a vehicle shows up when the car’s CPU (computer) “thinks” there is a problem with a system or part. Thompsonhyundai.com explains that much of the time it’s not a serious issue and you can drive home without a problem.  If, however, you sense something that may be very important, like you smell burning substances or smoke, then pull over and get roadside assistance.

Getting around in snow and rain – This is very important to know: when you are driving in bad weather, slow down and leave more space between your car and those in front of you. By driving conservatively when the weather is bad out, nearly every accident can be avoided.

Police officers – The first time you see a cop’s flashing lights in your rear view mirror will certainly be an event you remember but don’t get bent out of shape about it. Pull over to the side of the road as soon as you safely can. Then put the vehicle in “Park”, turn off the engine, roll the window down and keep your hands in view.  The cop will tell you what to do next. If the officer gets you angry, don’t argue with him or her but rather take it to traffic court.

A serious talk about some of these things that may happen to new drivers and how to deal with them if they ever occur is essential. We hope this article has helped you talk to your teenager about what’s important to know once they’ve gotten the green light on their driver’s test!

Thanks to: Thompson Hyundai

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