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4 Tips Every Teen Driver Needs to Know

Teens practice safe driving on a driver simulator at Boys & Girls Club of America.
March 2018

Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom can be exhilarating.

But a teenager’s lack of behind-the-wheel experience puts them at greater risk of getting into an accident. To help teens navigate this new responsibility safely, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The UPS Foundation have come together to create the UPS Road Code program, which is available in 57 Boys & Girls Clubs across 46 U.S. cities.

This is a free program that educates teens on safe driving principles and best practices for road safety. “The thing that has really hit home for me is the fact that driving a car is a huge responsibility,” said CeCe McNeal, the national teen ambassador, east region, for the UPS Road Code program.

Whether you have a teen in your life who needs some guidance, or you would like some reminders of how to be more mindful while on the road, here are some tips and insights that students like McNeal learned during the course that can help drivers of all ages avoid risky behavior on the road.

• Delete Distractions: If your attention is on something other than driving — texting, eating, turning the radio dial, talking to a passenger or on the phone — you’re putting yourself at greater risk of getting into a crash. And with every crash, you also risk the lives of your fellow passengers and everyone else out on the road.

• Plan for the Weather: Get into the habit of checking the weather before you plan your trip. Driving in heavy rain, snow and ice can be stressful and slippery for any driver. So, when the conditions are bad and you have to head out, give yourself extra time. And remember, it’s always better to be late than end up in a serious crash because you are rushing.

• Never Drive While Impaired: Alcohol and other substances can impair your vision and reaction time, which can lead to a greater likelihood of being in a fatal crash. Driving under the influence is never worth the risk.

• Look and Think Ahead: One key to being a good driver is staying focused on the road and what’s around you, so you can spot the hazards and respond to them immediately. Be aware of others sharing the road with you, including bicyclists and pedestrians, and leave enough space between you and the other cars to allow for reaction time.

Keep these tips top of mind before getting behind the wheel and help make the roads safer for us all. —(BPT).


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