10 Things Teens Should Know About Cars and Driving

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edited September 2014 in General

image10 Things Teens Should Know About Cars and Driving

From traffic stops to road rage, here's a primer on what to tell teen drivers as they take to the roads.

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  • nandlal_nandlal_ Member Posts: 1
    Thanks for the notes on teen drivers. I will consider these factors while I compare auto insurance quotes and finalize on an insurance carrier. Thanks for sharing.
  • skamidiskamidi Member Posts: 1
    Learning how to drive has become a rite of passage for many high schoolers. Once they’re of age to receive their permit, many choose to do so, eager to be one step closer to adulthood. However, there are a lot of unforeseen responsibilities that come with being a driver. We all know the dangers of driving and to be aware of our surroundings at all times, but people don’t often talk about the importance of educating yourself about your car. If you’re lucky enough to have your own car as soon as you get your license, it’s important to be conscious of its capabilities and limits.
    If you drive a car that’s been in your family already, this step might be a bit easier. You can simply talk to your parents or whoever had previously been driving this car in order to learn the basics about it.
    However, if this car is new to your household, you’re going to want to do some research about it. One of the most important things to know about your car is the miles per gallon. This factor determines how much mileage you get out of every refueling, and signifies how much money you’re going to have to spend every time you fill up. Besides that, you’re going to want to keep track of tire pressure and oil life, because these are things that help you keep your car efficient and get you the most out of your car.
    If you’re late on taking your car to servicing, you could cause a lot of problems for your car and end up spending way more money than you need to. If you’re often late on things like this, you might want to invest in a product that gives you reminders about when to service your car. One product that offers this is Real Performance Measurement, or RPM. You can easily check the status of your car on your phone while you’re away from it and can even use it to plan ahead for road trips or just long commutes in general.
    When driving around, you want to make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings. While this certainly applies to your location, it also applies to your fuel level. You don’t want to end up running out of gas in a place you don’t know well, so you should make sure you plan ahead and don’t put off filling up your tank.
    Whether you just got your license or have been driving for a while now, you should always make sure you know your car well so you don’t end up blindsided by something.
  • alexajordan1234alexajordan1234 Member Posts: 3
    Some of these things need to be written down- like what to do if in an accident. You can teach those things and teens can learn, but when it happens 1-2 years later, you can't remember anymore! There are some apps that help parents track their teen drivers and then can also be used to automatically notify if there is a crash. Read more about those apps here: https://911drivingschool.com/using-apps-to-monitor-your-new-teen-driver/ or Google teen driving apps.
  • trombone123trombone123 Member Posts: 2
    edited September 5
    I really enjoy this forum. It is very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing.
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