Things a Young Driver Should Know
There are a lot of topics covered in a driver’s education course, but there are some important lessons that are not taught that can help a person be the best defensive driver they can be. Young drivers need to know how to handle possible situations that will occur during ones’ lifetime. Things like dead batteries, flat tires, running out of gas and how to handle a situation that includes law enforcement.
Changing a Flat Tire
There will come a time when you come across getting a flat tire, and if you are a young driver a situation like that can be stressful the first time. What you need to do first and foremost is look for the vehicle owner’s manual and locate the spare tire, the jack and other tools you will need to do a successful tire change. Once you have the manual and the proper tools the tire change should not be a terrible experience. Doing a driveway tire changing practice is a great way for your young driver to learn how to change a tire, and it will give them a confidence boost when they do it successfully. This is important in being a defensive driver as well because you will know how to handle a situation like that wherever it may happen.
The following YouTube video is from the Michelin Man YouTube Channel on changing a Tire.
Jump Starting a Dead Battery
Everyone has made the mistake of leaving their lights on for the whole day and you come to your car with a dead battery. It is a common mistake and it can be taken care of quickly. You will need another cars’ help to jump start your dead battery and most importantly, jumper cables. Just remember this when attaching the jumper cables to the battery: the red cable goes to the positive terminal (+) of the battery, and the black cable attaches to the negative terminal (-). If this is done incorrectly there is the possibility of your car catching on fire, so this is very important information for your young driver to know.
When You Run Out of Gas
It is important to know when to re-fuel your car. When the low fuel warning light comes on, it means that you should get gas at the next available gas station. When your car has stopped running the most important thing is to stay with your car, and call a family member or friend to help you. Turn on your warning flashers so that others know that you are in distress. Being a defensive driver means knowing when to re-fuel to prevent running out of gas.
Being pulled over for the first time is probably one of the most nerve wracking experiences one can go through, especially as a young driver. It is okay to be nervous for the first time but learn how to handle a situation like that. When you see those blue and red lights flashing behind you, pull over to the right side of the street and do not stop at the median or the left side of the road. When you have come to a complete stop, stay in your car unless the officer asks you to step out. You also do not want to start shuffling in your glove compartment for your information because that can be alarming and suspicious to the officer. Wait until the officer asks you for your information so that you can dig for your stuff. Be respectful as well, using “yes sir/ma’am, no sir/ma’am” can go a long way.
Driving defensively includes knowing how to handle every type of situation you may encounter and having this information will be useful throughout your life. For more information on driving safety, all you have to do is visit a defensive driving website today!
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