Do you have a new teen driver about to hit the road? If so, you’re probably a little nervous about it. However, there are ways to prep your teen to better handle things when they’re behind the wheel, and Toyota of Orlando is here to share them. Let’s talk more about new teen drivers and the tips you can use to make their drive time safer, more efficient, and less nerve-wracking (for you!).
Teach your teen driver the basics of common car emergencies
Tip #1: Teach them how to change a flat. If your teen is ever stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, you want them to know how to change it. Even if you have a tow service on speed dial, it can sometimes take hours for them to arrive! Teach your teen how to safely change a flat tire, ensure their trunk has all the tools they need, and also inform them on what to do after they’re done – visit the dealership because you can’t drive long distances or high speeds on a spare! You should also teach them about a few other common car emergencies and how to handle them, like an overheated vehicle or what to do if they lock themselves out.
Tip #2: Tell them how to react if they get pulled over. Teens often panic when pulled over for the first time, so make sure you teach your teen driver how to react. They should come to a stop as soon as they can, stay in the car, roll down their window, and turn the engine off. When the officer asks, they should get their ID and a copy of their insurance (which should always be in their glovebox!). Remind them to let the officer do the talking and discourage them from arguing; being cooperative is in their best interest!
Tip #3: Put a kibosh on using the phone and texting while driving. Did you know there are actually apps that you can download on your teen’s phone that will lock their phone while the vehicle is in motion? You may want to invest in one – just telling them to stay off the phone isn’t enough for some teen drivers. Our Orlando Toyota dealership recommends these apps because they do away with the temptation to use your phone behind the wheel altogether.
Toyota of Orlando can help you make your teen’s drive time efficient and safe
Tip #4: Enforce a curfew and a passenger limit. Another tip from Toyota of Orlando – put a limit on when your teen can drive, and also how many passengers they can have with them in the car. More passengers = more distractions, so keep the number small. And some states put limits on when new drivers can be out and about, so check the laws and then establish a curfew you’re comfortable with.
Tip #5: Show them how to drive in bad weather. Driving in bad weather like rain, snow, ice, and heavy winds makes your teen driver more likely to end up in an accident. Teach them how to deal with each situation accordingly by showing them how to adjust their driving habits.
Want more tips for your new teen driver? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (407) 298-4500 – and don’t forget, we have great first cars for new drivers on our lot!