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New Driver Safety

New Driver Safety

It is always scary giving the keys to your newly licensed child. Below are a few tips to try to ease the stress of letting them take the wheel.

  • First off, practice what you preach. Teen drivers learn a lot from how their parents drive.
  • Send them to an Internet/In Class Safe driving course.
  • Discuss the cost of having them insured and consider making them responsible for part of the cost.
  • Instill an absolute no-drinking and driving policy.
  • Encourage good grades to reduce rates.
  • Consider requiring your child to change a tire alone before letting them take the wheel
  • Encourage drivers not to speed as tickets are more impactful on youthful drivers in terms of rates.
  • Make sure your child knows how to check fluid levels and tire pressure before sending them out on the road.
  • Consider preparing a safety kit for your child to keep in the car. Be sure to include items for all weather conditions such as
  1. First-aid kit
  2. Tire gauge
  3. Cell phone charger
  4. Fire extinguisher
  5. Jumper cables
  6. Reflective warning triangles
  7. Flashlight
  8. Bottled Water
  9. Non-perishable snacks
  10. Umbrella
  11. Blanket
  12. Rain poncho
  13. Windshield scraper
  14. Cat litter or sand
  15. Gloves
  16. Rags
  17. Duct tape. It is the universal fix-it solution. Carry at least 10 feet of it.
  18. Tow strap or tow rope. It should be strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds
  19. Multipurpose utility tool
  20. Foam tire sealant
  21. Window breaker and seatbelt cutting emergency tool
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