Avoid DistractionsDistracted driving is directly responsible for more collisions than most people realize. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, some of the most common things that distract drivers include:
- Interacting with one or more passengers in the vehicles
- Texting and driving
- Looking at something inside the car
- Staring at something outside the car
- Singing or “getting into” the music
- Reaching for something in the car
Handle Other DriversThere are a lot of other drivers out there who seem determined to ruin your day. We teach our students to deal with the traffic that surrounds them by staying calm and always making the best decisions. Our teen driving school teaches new drivers to understand how things like bad weather creates tense situations and brings out the worst in others. We show them how to read the flow of traffic and make adjustments as necessary. We also make it clear that it’s more important to drive defensively than try to engage with other drivers in an aggressive way.
Build ConfidenceWe want every driver to be confident with their new skillset. The basics we teach give new drivers the experience and knowledge they need to function properly out on the road. The confidence our instructors give their students, though, helps them make decisions quickly – even when they’re under significant stress. Confidence is a crucial part of defensive driving. If you’re holding your breath or clenching up anytime something unexpected happens, you’re probably going to add to the problem at hand. Instead, we want our teen drivers to know the right thing to do and why it’s the right thing to do. This way, there’s no question about it. They’ll just do it.
Calm the Road RageKnee-jerk reactions on the road never lead to anything good. Unfortunately, one way or another, all of us are going to get mad at someone else while we’re driving. For teens, this can be especially difficult to handle because, again, they simply haven’t had as much experience dealing with anger-inducing situations. We teach our drivers to keep the rage in check by:
- Never forcing someone else to change speed or direction.
- Never assuming that someone did something specifically to annoy you.
- Never escalating a situation.
- Always being the generous driver.