I am a behind the wheel and classroom instructor for Right Away Driving School. I have been a team member since 2015. Today I am sharing my top tips for you new and about-to-be licensed drivers!
MY MOTTO: "Stay Strong, Be Safe, Come Home."
TIP #1: ALWAYS BE PREPARED- I always go over this with my students. It is so crucial to be prepared. The road is unpredictable! A few things that I recommend to new drivers and their parents, is to talk about what to do in emergencies. For example, make sure your child knows what to do if they get in a car accident , get a flat tire, or get stuck in a ditch. I hope that this never happens to anyone, but life happens!
TIP #2: AVOID EXPENSIVE AUTO REPAIRS- I believe in order to detect a problem, you have to know what to look for. I suggest that every signal one of our students takes time with a parent to get to know the vehicle they will be driving. By taking the time to read the owner's manual, look up details about your vehicle on Google, or simply having a parent go over everything in the car; is extremely helpful for a new driver! I would recommend to parents to go over the dashboard warning signs with their children. It is also wise to go over how to check tire pressure with your children. Talk to your children about what steps to take to make sure tires are properly inflated. We use the "penny trick" at the driving school! Another thing to touch on is to make sure your car receives regular service, and do not put off the" small" problems!
TIP #3: DO NOT DRIVE ON A NEAR EMPTY TANK- It is actually illegal to run out of gas! It is also extremely dangerous in some cases. Make sure you always have enough gas in your tank to get you to where you are going.
TIP # 4: DISTRACTED DRIVING- Distracted driving is becoming a huge problem with the technology advances that we have now. Put down the phone and pay attention to the road! The phone in your hand is powerful enough to end your life, or someone else's life. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are also extremely dangerous! Being under influence impairs your ability to judge, focus, and perceive. Stay at a friends, call a family member or a taxi service for a ride home.
Do you have any tips for us at the driving school? Feel free to share them with us!