Teen drivers in Hawaii and elsewhere are statistically more likely to get into a car accident than other age groups. However, there are a number of actions that they can take to keep them safe. Parents of teen drivers are also encouraged to set a good example of what it looks like to drive in a safe and controlled manner.
Obey traffic devices
One of the easiest ways to minimize the risk of a motor vehicle accident is to stop at red lights, stop signs or other traffic control devices. You should also look for signs prohibiting right turns at red lights or other actions that might generally be permitted. Finally, be cognizant of any signs indicating changes to traffic patterns or changes to the posted speed limit near or within construction zones.
Adjust for weather conditions
Ideally, you will drive slower on roads covered in ice or snow as it’s harder for a car’s tires to maintain contact with the surface. You may also want to consider driving at a reduced speed at night or during periods of low light as it can be harder to judge your following distance. If you are uncomfortable driving in rainy or snowy conditions, you are encouraged to wait until after the weather clears. If you are driving during a storm, you can pull to the side of the road if conditions deteriorate quickly.
Never drive while impaired
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol makes it difficult or impossible to process information. You may also struggle to control your vehicle’s speed or maintain a proper lane, which can increase your risk of a car accident.
In addition to reducing the risk of an accident, developing safe driving habits may reduce the risk of incurring traffic tickets. Ultimately, you may be able to parlay your record into lower insurance rates and other perks that save money over the long term. Cellphone apps and other tools may be available to help you avoid distractions that might prevent you from driving safely.