Safety Tips for the First-Time Driver

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Young or experienced drivers can easily become overwhelmed on the road. With traffic jams, constant lane changes due to construction, and other factors, it can be difficult to remain level-headed. For those who are just learning how to drive, knowing how to maintain a level of personal safety is essential for being a great driver. Here are some tips to remember.

Limit Passengers While You're Still Getting Comfortable

When you're a new driver, it's best to limit the number of passengers in your vehicle. Not only will this cut down on distractions but it will also allow you to focus more on the task at hand. Furthermore, California places restrictions on new drivers and the age/amount of passengers they can have in the vehicle.

Adjust Your Mirrors Each Time You Enter the Vehicle

It may seem like a small thing, but making sure your mirrors are properly adjusted before you start driving can make a world of difference. By ensuring that you have a clear view of the road behind and to the sides of you, you can avoid potential accidents. You should also adjust the seat if you feel like you are sitting too close to or far away from the steering wheel.

Learn What Each Road Sign Means

Although the driver's education course should teach a breakdown of what each sign's meaning is, new drivers should have a thorough understanding of this. After all, you will be the one behind the wheel and will need to make split-second decisions based on what you see. Road signs are in place for a reason, so it's important to know what they're trying to tell you.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

No one wants to think about getting into an accident, but it's important to be prepared for anything. Keep a first-aid kit in your trunk as well as a spare tire and jumper cables. If you are involved in a minor accident, move your vehicle to the side of the road if possible and turn on your hazard lights. If you are unable to move your vehicle, stay inside with your seatbelt fastened and wait for help.

By following these tips, you can be well on your way to becoming a great driver. Just remember to always stay alert and focus on the task at hand. Our Fowler | Helsel | Vogt team can help you and your family recover compensation following any collision that leaves you injured. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (559) 900-1280.

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