New Driver Safety Tips!

Look at you! You just took your driver’s exam, passed, and are now given the key to American freedom! Maybe you’re sixteen, smack dab in the middle of high school and excited about wanting more freedom. Or maybe you are an adult taking your drivers’ test for the first time. Either way, you go! But whoa! Slow down there Jethro! There are a lot of things you need to take into consideration that can keep you safe behind the wheel, something that needs to be remembered as driving vehicles can quite literally be the most dangerous thing you will ever do.

First, let me tell a story. A young lady I once knew was learning to drive and was intent on making sure her hands were at 10 and 2. Then she came to an intersection at which she had to take a right. She kept her hands at 10 and 2 and…never moved them from that position. Now, maybe you have multiple, freak-joints in your shoulder and can pull this off. If that’s the case, join cirque du soleil, because people NEED to see that. If you’re like the rest of us, take one hand off the wheel and place it beneath the other to turn safely. You’ll do just fine.

Now, onto braking. When you’re driving instructors (whether it was in an actual class or spoken by your family) talked about slowing down with enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you, they weren’t kidding. Keep that space! While many people don’t do this, keeping enough space between you and the person in front you, whether driving or stopping, will prevent you from slamming into the rear end of their car.

Next, semi-trucks. One neat and simple tip that I wish I could broadcast to the world—which I seem to be doing now—is that, on the one hand, drivers need to speed up when passing a truck and, on the other, need to get back in front with enough room to spare. Here’s a tip: when passing that truck, don’t get in front of the truck until you can see the top of the cab in your rearview mirror. This will leave enough room for you to stop on a dime and the truck to do the same. There are so many tips to keep you safe on the road. Remember what you learned in class and take the considerations offered from insurance companies, police, and safety websites!

Scott’s Collision in Paris, TX

We always advocate safe driving and driver safety! However, if your new driver get into a fender bender or maybe backed up into that tree at the bottom of your driveway then bring our vehicle to an auto body you can trust! We have over 20 years of experience and our team of skilled technicians are committed to returning your vehicle  in perfect condition. Contact Scott’s Collision Repair today or give us a call as 903.785.2524 to schedule your appointment!