For any teen who has just gained a driving license and is becoming accustomed to road traffic, he/she may become worried when the driving standards of other supposedly more experienced road users is witnessed.
The new driver may wonder about road safety when he/she sees other drivers—
1). Switching lanes without signaling.
2) Exceeding the speed limit.
3). Jumping traffic lights.
4). Texting or calling from a cell phone or even watching TV whilst driving.
It is estimated that of all road accidents, some 30% are caused by reckless driving, and whilst the teen driver cannot be responsible for the behavior of other drivers, he can look to the safety of him/her self and passengers in the vehicle. So the teen should learn to drive defensively.
For the teen driver, there are three things he /she should have in mind at all times.
a). Stay Focused on Driving. Be conscious of the car, the traffic rules, constantly check the mirror, be aware of the other traffic around.
b). Stay Alert. Keep a safe distance from the driver in front, and vehicles passing by.
c). Watch out for All other Drivers. The teen driver should always be thinking ahead, and anticipating the movements of the drivers behind, in front and even at a distance.
By having all these things in mind, the teen will then be in a state of control if the vehicle being driven, and feel confident that he/she controls the vehicle, and not the vehicle controlling the driver!! The teen can then adopt some defensive driving attitudes to other road users.
Some Tips for Defensive Driving.
1). Safety Comes First. Do not drive aggressively, pay attention to the driving job in hand, and ensure that the seat belt is fastened and secure with all doors closed.
2).Pay Attention to Surrounding Road Conditions and Traffic. Watch out for cyclists, pedestrians and aggressive drivers, check the rear view mirror constantly.
3). Drive Independently. Look out for your own safety first, while being considerate to other drivers, do not assume that other drivers are going to behave correctly, anticipate that they will do the wrong thing, and be prepared for such a move.
4). Vehicle Position. The teen driver should leave options open, that in a worst case scenario, an alternative travel path is available as a form of escape from a road situation which could turn to be dangerous and affect safety.
There are many defensive driving courses available in most localities which can help sharpen the teens driving knowledge and skills, whilst initial costs may be a little expensive, reductions in motor insurance premiums may well balance the initial outlay.