According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, new drivers are more likely to have a car accident within the first two years of driving than any other time.
If you’re a new driver, here are some things you should keep in mind the next time you get behind the wheel:
Don’t take your hands off the wheel – Before you start your car, make sure your seat and mirrors are properly adjusted so you do not have to take your hands off the wheel once you hit the roadways.
Don’t touch the radio – New drivers should not use the radio the first few times they drive because it’s an added distraction. It’s better to become comfortable with your vehicle before turning on the radio or playing your favorite CD.
Don’t talk on the phone – Not only is talking on a cell phone or texting while driving dangerous, it’s also illegal in California. Should you need to use the phone, pull into a parking lot.
Don’t drive long distances – It’s best if you only drive short distances for the first few weeks after you get your license. This is because you’ll require even more concentration than experienced drivers, which can cause fatigue.
Don’t panic – Many people feel pressure to speed up in order to please other drivers. However, it’s important not to panic and give in. Being cautious is often the only way to stay safe while driving.
If you sustained injuries in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, please contact us. We’ll review your case and determine if you’re eligible for compensation.