When you first start driving on your own, it’s great to be able to get around independently. The excitement of being able to drive can overwrite everything else, including the important lessons you just learned when you were preparing to get your license. As you get out on the road for the first time, you need to keep some big safety issues in mind.

Overestimating Your Skills Could Get You in Trouble

Young drivers are more likely to get into accidents than others, for a variety of reasons. One of them is that young drivers are often overly confident about how good they are. You might be feeling proud of yourself, but it’s important to remember that you’re new to driving and still have a lot to learn.

Everything Is More High-risk Than You Think It Is

Another thing that young drivers do is to underestimate risks of certain hazards. They tend to rate behaviors like speeding as lower risk than more experienced drivers. If you think that checking your phone while driving or going over the speed limit don’t matter, a quick check of car accident statistics could change your mind.

Your Passengers Could Be a Hazard

Taking your friends to your favorite places, or even just driving around, is one of the fun things about having your license. But your friends can be distracting or use peer pressure to get you to drive irresponsibly.

Distracted Driving Is Causing More and More Accidents

Distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem every year, particularly for young drivers. You might think that sending a quick text won’t matter, but distracted driving causes thousands of accidents.


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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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