SEVEN TEEN DRIVING TIPS FROM CUMMING CHEVROLET

January 13th, 2021 by

While it can be a right of passage for your teenager to get their driver’s license, it will indeed be met with some level of anxiety. Although there are valid reasons to be concerned, we can do our part to instill good driving habits. The statistics don’t lie. According to Kelley Blue Book, teenagers are three times more likely to cause a car accident than adults, and we all have a responsibility to help our kids stay as safe as possible every time they get behind the wheel. Here at Cumming Chevrolet, we would like to share some simple tips to help your teenager stay safe.
1. LEAD BY EXAMPLE AS A PARENT
It’s true what they say about parents. You are their first teacher, and the same concept applies every time you are in the car with your family. Model appropriate driving habits at all times. Always buckle your seatbelt before departure, use the correct hand position on the wheel, obey the speed limits and traffic signals, and drive defensively. Even if you think your teenager isn’t paying attention, they notice your actions more than you realize.
2. LEARNING TO DRIVE IS A JOURNEY- TAKE IT SLOW
Don’t expect your teenager to be ready to take on highway traffic at high speeds during rush hour. If you plan to be the primary person to help your teenager drive, start slower to build confidence. Begin by demonstrating functions of the vehicle, how to use signals, brakes, and interior controls like windshield wipers, lights, and putting the car in park. As your teen starts to feel more comfortable, you can begin introducing more challenging driving situations with traffic or even night driving. It’s also a good idea to seek help by signing up for several driving classes to give them more experience before they go off on their own.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEWER VEHICLES
Newer vehicles, especially the Chevrolet brand, have proven to be safer than ever before. Advancements in technology have enabled drivers to stay protected in different situations and prevent accidents. The vehicles we have for sale here at Cumming Chevrolet have some of the best safety features available to the modern driver, including:
Forward Collision Alert And Automatic Emergency Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking
Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
Follow Distance Indicator
Adaptive Cruise Control
Rear Vision Camera
Also, Chevrolet vehicles offer Teen Driver Technology, which allows parents to help new drivers instill better driving practices. Automation with safety features will be available to help your driver feel more comfortable, along with a report card of their daily habits.

4. PUT AWAY THE PHONE
Technology can help keep teenagers safe on the road, but it can also be a significant distraction source. Texting while driving is a considerable problem across many age groups, but especially with younger drivers. They need to realize that even taking their eyes off the road for one to two seconds poses a much higher risk for accidents and serious injuries. Whatever the reason to text can wait until you get out of the car.
5. MAKE A CONTRACT AND INSIST ON GOOD DRIVING HABITS
Just because your teenager is now a licensed driver doesn’t mean they don’t have to abide by your rules. Enforce suspension of driving privileges for not wearing a seatbelt, driving too fast, or texting/talking on the phone.
6. LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS IN THE CAR
We all know that teenagers love to spend time with their peers, but it might not be the best idea to have a hangout place inside a car. More teenagers in the vehicle increase the likelihood of a distraction. If possible, have your teen drive with more experienced and trusted drivers. They can meet friends somewhere, but it would be better to avoid large groups together in the same vehicle.
7. LAST, BUT NOT LEAST- BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME
It sounds like a no-brainer, but many more teenage lives could have been saved simply by putting on a seatbelt. According to a study from the NHSTA, some teen drivers are uninformed and think that seat belts provide more harm than good. However, the record is undeniable. Seatbelts save lives.
At Cumming Chevrolet, we want nothing more than all drivers to stay safe behind the wheel, especially teenagers. We welcome you to come to take a look at our latest Chevy models packed with all the safety features needed to help keep your new driver safe. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us today or stop in and see us for more information!

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