• Always wear your seat
belt--and make sure all passengers are buckle up, too.
• Adjust your car's headrest to a height behind your head--not your neck--to
minimize whiplash in case you're in an accident.
• Never try to fit more people in the car than you have seatbelts for them to
• Obey the speed limits, Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react.
Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage accidents.
• Don't run red lights.
• Use turn signals to indicate your intention to turn or to change lanes. Turn
it on to give the cars behind you enough time to react before you take the
action. Also, make sure the signals turns off after you've completed the action.
• When light turns green, make sure intersection clears before you go.
• Don't drive like you own the road; drive like you own the car.
• Make sure your windshield is clean. At sun rise and sun set, light reflecting
off your dirty windshield can momentarily blind you from seeing what's going on.
• Don't blast the radio. You might miss hearing a siren or a horn that could
warn you of possible trouble.
• Make sure your garage door is completely open before backing out of it. This
was submitted by another teen who learned this one from his dad's mistakes.
• Drive into your garage straight, not on an angle.
• Make sure your car has fuel in it. Don't ride around with the gauge on
empty--who knows where you might get stranded.
• Don't take drugs or drive if you've taken any. Don't ride with anyone who has
been using drugs. Even some over the counter drugs can make you drowsy. Check
label for warnings.
• Don't drive with small children or even small teenage friends as passengers in
a front seat that has a passenger-side air bag. They should be buckled up in the
back seat. Recent transportation studies show that small children may be injured
by the air bags even in low impact collisions. (Actually, it's safer not to
drive with friends and kids in the car when you're learning to drive. They can
• Don't talk on the car phone, put on make-up, comb your hair, or eat while
driving. People who talk on car phones while driving are four times more likely
to have an accident. If you need to make a call, pull off the road to a safe
spot and park.
• Don't fiddle with the radio while you are driving. It's better to wait until
you can pull over and stop because even taking your focus off the road for a few
seconds could lead to an accident.
• Use good quality tires and make sure they are inflated to the right pressure
(check your owners manual for what is right for your tires and car).
• Maintain your car. Bald tires, a slipping transmission, or a hesitant engine
could lead to accidents.
• Use headlights during daylight driving, especially on long stretches of desert
highway and rural roads to make you more visible to oncoming drivers.
• Watch out for potholes, especially after bad weather
• Be on the lookout for motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians
• When driving to a new place, get complete directions before you go. Figure out
what exits you need to take before hand.