5 Teen Driving Tips
Is Your Teen Driving this Summer?
Every summer millions of teenagers around the country get behind the wheel. Unfortunately many of them forget a good portion of what they learned in driver’s ed, and the results can be deadly. Big Sky Collision Center would rather not see any vehicles come to our auto body shop in Billings. If you have a teen driver in the house, make sure to sit down and review these 5 teen driving tips with them.
1 – Eyes on the Road at All Times
It’s a simple concept, but the majority of crashes happen because drivers are distracted. Here in Billings, it is illegal to use a cell phone while you’re driving. Even if it wasn’t illegal, did you know that making a phone call increases your teen’s risk of crashing 6x? Texting increases that risk 23x. The calls and texts can wait; you keep your eyes forward.
2 – Headlights Are Always One
There was once a general rule that said “wipers on; headlights on.” Basically it meant that even if it was daytime, you should have your headlights on if you have decreased visibility. It’s still a good rule, but take it one step further. If you are driving, then your headlights are on. The added “strain” on your battery and lights are negligible, but the added safety is not.
3 – Just Go the Speed Limit
If you’re on a road trip, and you have 300 miles to drive, how much faster will you get there if you go 85mph instead of 75mph? Most people think it’s a big difference. In reality those extra 10mph will get you there about 28 minutes faster. Unless you get pulled over; or worse get in a wreck. Speeding is a major contributor to fatal teen accidents, and a speeding ticket can send insurance premiums through the roof.
4 – Minimize Passengers
Carting your younger brother to and from soccer practice is one thing; piling the car full of your friends is another. Every added person is a distraction to a new teen driver. But the real danger comes when friends are present and teens start acting foolish. A teen driver is more likely to take risks with passengers than when driving alone or with family.
5 – Wear Your Seatbelt
It’s 2016, and we really shouldn’t have to be explaining the benefits of wearing your seatbelt. But it seems that it is still something that needs to be reinforced regularly. The majority of fatal accidents have one thing in common: those who died were not wearing their seatbelt. No matter how good of a driver you are, there are other idiots on the road. Don’t trust your life to someone else’s driving; buckle up.
Dings and Dents? Come to Big Sky Collision Center
We know that your car is going to get dings, dents, chips, and scratches. That’s just part of owning a car. So when your new teen driving backs into your car, or they scrape the mailbox on the way out of the driveway, or they swing their door wide and smack the concrete post at the gas station, just bring it to the best auto body shop in Billings. We’ll make it look like the damage never happened.
Call us at 406-259-6328 to learn more.