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5 Helpful Tips for Young (or New) Drivers

When you are starting out to learn how to drive, it is normal to make some mistakes. There’s always a learning curve. Some people may be over nervous, while others may be too confident. And one of the most important things to remember is to stay calm. Follow these driving tips below to help you manage road emergencies and be a safer driver.

  • Always bring an emergency car kit - In case of a breakdown, accident, or whatever, an emergency kit will be your best friend. You might need the essentials, like jumper cables, ice scrapers, phone charger, first aid kit, blanket, batteries, extra car fluid, and more.
  • Keep distractions out - Distracted driving is the number one cause of auto accidents for teen drivers. Sending a text can cost you your life, so we’d wait to send that message. Other common distractions are loud chatter and blaring music.
  • Use the owner’s manual - Young or old, many drivers forget this handbook exists at all. This guide gives you EVERYTHING you’d want to know about your car. Don’t underestimate it.
  • Practice - The more you practice, the more likely you’ll be better at something. Don’t turn down any opportunity to practice. Most teenagers and younger drivers like to start off in an empty parking lot and eventually make their way to the big road.
  • Defensive driving - When you start out, it is important for you to take extra measures to stay safe. It means that you shouldn’t follow another car too closely, and always use your blinkers. Also, don’t forget about the important laws, like don’t speed and always buckle up.

Last but not least, it is important for new drivers to understand the importance of preventative maintenance. If you want your car to keep you safe, it is important you take care of it. Let the expert mechanics at Oswald Service Inc. take care of all your automotive needs. Please call or visit our shop today.