School is back in session, which means teens are back on the road heading to and from school. With a new round of cellphone-oriented teens learning how to drive, parents are encouraged to talk with their teens about safe driving. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly six out of 10 car crashes involving teen drivers are due to driver distractions. Hudiburg Auto Group is offering tips to keep Oklahoma teens and drivers safe on the road.
“Learning to drive is typically a fun experience and can be seen as a ‘rite of passage’ for teens, but many forget the responsibility that comes with being behind the wheel,” said Mike Myers, general manager of Hudiburg Chevrolet. “Parents can help keep their teens safe on the road by teaching them the importance of staying focused and obeying the laws when driving.”
Hudiburg Auto Group is offering the following tips for teens on driving safely:
- Never text and drive. Texting while driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, as it causes you to take your eyes off the road for an extended period of time. Beginning in November 2015, texting while driving will be illegal in Oklahoma, and those caught will face a $100 fine. To avoid the temptation, turn your phone on silent or off and place it out of your reach before hitting the road.
- Obey the laws of the road. This includes driving the speed limit, wearing your seatbelt and using turn signals. Speeding can be tempting when behind schedule, but it puts you at a higher risk for tickets and accidents, both of which can cause your auto insurance to go up. Wearing your seatbelt can also help you avoid tickets, but more importantly, it can save your life if you are involved in a crash. While using a turn signal may not seem like a big deal, they can help prevent unnecessary wrecks as they inform other drivers of your intentions when switching lanes or turning.
- Remove possible distraction. Eating, drinking, loud music and other passengers are all possible distractions that can cause a driver to lose focus on the road. Unexperienced drivers are encouraged to limit distractions as much as possible until they are more comfortable behind the wheel.
- Practice defensive driving. Staying aware of other cars and obstacles on the road can help prevent accidents. In normal weather conditions, stay at least one car length behind the vehicle in front of you. Increase this buffer zone as speed increases or as weather conditions worsen. You cannot predict or control how the people around you drive, but staying alert can help prepare you for any challenges you may face.
About Hudiburg Auto Group
Hudiburg Auto Group, comprised of Chevrolet, Toyota, Buick/GMC, Nissan and Subaru stores, serves the greater Oklahoma City area and offers a wide variety of high-quality, reasonably priced new and used cars. Hudiburg has one of the most honest and oldest Oklahoma dealerships with qualified team members that take the time to listen to the wants and needs of each client to provide absolute satisfaction. For more information, visit www.hudiburg.com.