Tips for First Time Drivers
Habits developed by beginning drivers often influence how they drive later in life. Therefore, it's smart to start off by learning the right basics – behaviors that will keep you safer well down the road. Here are a few tips for new drivers and those looking to brush up on the basics:
- Before you start the car, adjust the mirrors and your seat, and fasten your seatbelt.
- Pay attention. Don't eat, drink, adjust the radio or use your mobile phone or text while driving.
- Keep the number of passengers to a minimum. Packing too many friends in your car can be distracting. Plus, having more people than there are seatbelts is illegal. Also, many states limit the number of passengers that new drivers can have in the vehicle with them.
- Stay within the speed limit. You may not feel like you're moving as fast as you are, so regularly check the speedometer.
- Look out for pedestrians, motorcyclists, debris -- even animals -- on the road.
- Be aware when merging. When traveling on a highway, merge into traffic cautiously and safely – and always signal your intentions. Allow others to merge with the courtesy that you would expect.
Learner's permit and insurance
Most states require drivers with a learner's permit to carry insurance coverage. Some states require young drivers to have their own policy; others allow them to be included under the parents' policy. Since states have different requirements, contact your agent before getting on the road.
The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.