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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

10 Safety Tips for the New Driver

06 Oct Blog | Comments

New drivers need to follow certain rules to stay safe. Following some basic tips will help you to stay safe and gain experience on the road.

1. Limit Distractions. Be careful multitasking behind the wheel. This includes things like drinking coffee or changing radio stations which may be second nature to experienced drivers. Having too many other people in the car can also be distracting to new drivers.

2. Avoid Bad Weather. If you have an option to not go out in heavy rain or snow, it’s best to be cautious. Make sure you are comfortable driving in good weather and ease into driving under worse conditions. You will feel much more confident as you gain experience on the road.

3. Drive in a Good Mental State. Just as you would never drive after drinking or taking drugs, never drive when you are overly tired, angry, or upset. Being in a good mindset will ensure that you can make decisions, react, and be  a safe driver.

4. Park Strategically. When you enter a parking lot, plan ahead and look for places that will be easy to get out of later on.This is particularly important in a school lot where you are often surrounded by new drivers.

5. Avoid Aggressive Drivers. When you see drivers who are constantly changing lanes on the highway, tailgating, or engaging in other aggressive behavior, it’s best to just stay away.

6. Pay Attention to Speed Limits. Driving too fast is a common cause of accidents among new drivers. Follow speed limits and always slow down around sharp turns.

7. Fill the Tank. Try to always keep over a quarter-tank of gas in the car and never risk it when your fuel light is on. Filling the tank before it’s on empty ensures that you aren’t stranded.

8. Pass Safely. When passing another vehicle, be sure you have enough space and that you can safely pass. Avoid passing on turns, hills, or in bad weather.

9. Use Turn Signals. They’re there for a reason: to help signal to other drivers where you are going. Always use them and be sure to turn them off after you have completed a turn.

10. Play it Safe. As a new driver, it’s important to always be cautious when making decisions. Be careful making left turns and going through yellow lights. Choosing to be cautious is a good way to avoid accidents.

 

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