Teenage Driving Checklists and Things to Watch for

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Teenage driving checklistGetting your driving license as a teenager is like having the first few steps of freedom. Being able to go where they please, when they please is a step into adulthood.  However, lacking the experience, the knowledge of accidents and the consequences of dangerous driving can have disastrous results for teenagers. Teenagers lack significant driving time, and thus lack the necessary driving skills and readability for actions required on the road.  Teenagers have the greatest amount of accidents of any age group, so there are a few things that they need to keep in mind when driving. 

Young drivers get the rap and stereotype of being reckless. This may be true for some, but not all teenagers drive this way. However, some drive too fast for road conditions or treat the vehicle as a large go kart. Individuals driving in this manner are considered reckless and the rate of accidents increases with these types of drivers, as well as insurance costs.  

Parents can help to enforce rules regarding vehicle use and ensure teens retsian good habits. Setting limitations on driving time, curfews and how they conduct themselves behind the wheel can help to set the boundaries needed by teenagers new to driving.  

It is suggested the following “to do” actions are given priority:

  • Before getting into the car, make sure there is no damage to the car, and no unseen objects near to the car

  • Position mirrors correctly before starting the car

  • Always wear seat belts, and have all passengers wear seat belts

  • Make sure the car has the necessary emergency equipment (first aid kit, spare tire and tools)

  • Check the pressure of the tires

  • Check the Engine oil

  • Check the fuel

  • Double check to make sure that all lights and signals work

  • Test the brakes to make sure they work properly

  • When driving – avoid being a distracted driver (no cell phone use, eating or hygiene practices)

  • Make sure that designated drivers are known

  • Keep a  safe distance while driving

  • Always obey the rules of the road (always shoulder check and signal when changing lanes)

  • Always drive with your driver’s license, vehicle permit, registration, and insurance

  • Make sure the appropriate safety checks have been done and up to date (inspections, license plate registration)

  • Always use the emergency brake when parking

Having limitations for teenagers, with rules and guidelines for driving behavior is a must for those just learning to drive.  This may help in keeping them and other motorists safe.