Driving a vehicle takes focus and good instincts. But certain situations need some extra alertness to remain protected on the road. Here are a few road hazards to discuss with your teen driver:
Motorist and cyclists. Same roads, same traffic laws for the most part. But the most bikers lack protection: no extra ton or two of metal around them. Educate your teens to be considerate and offer bikes plenty of room.
With trains, the math is the opposite. You have a two-ton vehicle; a train could have 100+ railcars that are several tons each. Yikes! So teach your kids to respect these and long beasts and not end up flattened.
School zones have reduced speed limits for a reason. So many tykes running around, not paying attention. So it’s now up to drivers. Be sure your teen knows to look out for petite pedestrians in and around a school.
At crosswalks, pedestrians basically operate the roost. Several states now have laws that need all drivers to stop. T0each your teen to slow down at crosswalks, look out for pedestrians and know your state laws.
Bad weather freaks out motorists. Snow? Rain? You would think many of these people had never touched a steering wheel before. Teach your teen how to handle skids,hydroplaningand temporarily insane drivers.
Driving at night
When the sun goes down, road risks goes up. The glare of oncoming headlights. Inability to see familiar landmarks. Teach your teens how to drive at night – after they’re comfortable driving during the day.
In addition to these vital safety tips, finding the right vehicle insurance for you new teen driver can help keep them covered while on the road.