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1. Develop the right attitude about driving.

Many teen auto accidents are a result of

attitude and maturity. Make a commitment

to yourself to practice a responsible attitude

about driving. You’re controlling over 3,000

pounds of fast-moving metal, and you owe it

to yourself, your passengers and other drivers

to drive responsibly.


2.  Get as much supervised practice driving

as possible.

Your parents should take an active role in

your practice driving. Make a firm schedule

with them and stick to it. And keep it up until

you take your test to get a license.


3.  ALWAYS wear your safety belt.

Get into the habit of wearing your safety belt

whenever you drive or ride – no exceptions.


4. Underage drinking and drug use is illegal.

Even if you’ve consumed only one drink or

smoked one joint, there is a chemical effect

on your brain that can impair judgment and

reaction time. Driving under the influence of

alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs can

cost you your license – or your life. Visit www. for more facts on drug use.


5.  Limit your passengers.

Your risk of a fatal crash increases with every

additional passenger. When you’re a new

driver, it’s best to limit your number of passengers.


6.  Limit your night driving.

Your risk of a fatal crash is three times higher

at night than in the day for every mile driven.

It is better to avoid nighttime driving until

you’re comfortable driving during the day.


7.  Keep it slow and safe for starters.

Fast-moving, high volumes of traffic can make

you feel uncomfortable, so avoid them until

you can get enough supervised driving experience.

Then you can gradually introduce more

difficult driving situations, like highway driving,

merging off ramps and driving in cities.


8.  Train for poor weather conditions.

Even when you begin to feel confident driving

on dry pavement, it’s best to avoid driving in

bad weather conditions unsupervised. Keep

it simple at first, and get as much supervised

practice driving in poor weather as you can

before trying it on your own.


9.  Cell phones are for emergency use only

on the road.

One of the worst habits anyone can get into

is talking on a cell phone while driving. Keep

a cell phone with you in the car for emergency

situations only. If you have to use a cell

phone, pull safely over to the side of the road.


10.  Drive a safe vehicle.

If you are thinking of getting your own car,

look for one with high safety ratings. Avoid

small cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Check out federal statistics and consumer

report literature to help to evaluate the safety

rating of a car or truck. The Insurance Institute

for Highway Safety (the people who do

crash tests) offers valuable vehicle safety

test results and advisories. Just go to