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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.

Safety Tips for New Drivers

29 Mar Blog | Comments

If you were recently licensed to drive, there are many things that you should remember in order to have a safe experience as a new driver. As part of your online traffic school you may have participated in a DMV test prep to get you ready for your driver’s test. All of the things that you learned during traffic school and during your DMV test prep are not just fun facts. They are important things to remember so that you can stay safe while on the road. The following are some tips to follow so that you will be driving for a very long time.

Remember and practice what you learned in your online traffic school. During school you learned many important things about driving, traffic laws, and staying safe. In order to really be a good driver, you should always remember the things that you learned in your courses. There might come a time when you are required to parallel park. Will you remember how? Challenge yourself to practice the things that you learned during traffic school. For example, if your regular traffic route takes you through traffic lights, you might choose to go a different way so that you can drive through a four way stop and remind yourself of what to do in that situation.

Do not let distractions get in the car with you. If your friends are a distraction to you then don’t give them a ride! Some people are more willing to respect your need for quiet while you are driving, so be sure to really know who you are giving a ride to. If you know they will be noisy and rowdy, you might choose to leave them behind.

Cell phones and driving do not mix. It might be a good idea to just turn the phone off when you get in the car. Even checking to see who called or left you a message might mean taking your eyes and your attention off the road. Leaving the phone on could be a temptation to you when you hear the phone ring and when you hear your text alerts. Never text while you drive so that you will not put yourself and others in danger.

Never drink and drive! It’s illegal for one thing, but more importantly it is a ticket to die! Drinking and driving never mix well. If you are not the one that ends up in the coffin, someone else will, leaving you with a world of guilt and years behind bars. If you have friends who drink, you could help the world out by volunteering to stay sober and be the designated driver.

Listen to your parents. You’re not alone if you are absolutely thrilled about the new freedom that you received. You can drive and go where you want to go. You can meet your friends, take a drive to clear your head, and take your girlfriend out on a date…without your parents! While it might be an exhilarating thought, always remember to listen to your parents. If they make some rules about driving, it’s probably a good idea to listen to them. They have more than likely had years of driving experience and know what they are talking about. They have rules to protect you and the sooner you figure that out, the better shape you will be in.


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