Many drivers on the road are only thinking about getting from point A to point B. It can be hard to stay
safe on the roads when people aren’t paying good enough attention to their surroundings. Proactive
drivers are always staying aware and thinking about safety. If you are interested in developing new
habits for proactive driving, try these five things to change.
1. Safety First. Proactive drivers are thinking about safety from the moment they enter the vehicle.
The first step to staying safe is using seat belts and making sure that all the passengers in their
car are properly restrained too. Don’t ever start driving until everyone is ready to go. Other ways
you can focus on safety include following traffic laws, driving within the speed limit, and
maintaining a safe distance between cars.
2. Avoiding Aggression. Drivers who are proactive aren’t aggressive. Aside from driving too fast,
don’t cut in front of other drivers, never tailgate or get agitated, and never engage angry drivers
with bad behavior. If another driver is harassing you and trying to harm you, call the police.
These situations can endanger you and other drivers on the road.
3. Anticipate Problems. When you approach an intersection, it is important to anticipate what
other drivers will do. If you arrived first and have the right-of-way and another driver starts
entering the intersection, don’t just drive through anyway. Also, when your light turns green,
look around before going through the intersection. It is a good idea to anticipate what other
drivers are doing to avoid a collision. If there is any sort of confusion, try communicating with
the other drivers by motioning for them to go, using a signal to show your intended movements,
and using the proper turning lanes.
4. Plan Ahead. Knowing that there are potential problems while traveling will help you drive
proactively. Try not to drive the same speed as the cars in the lanes next to you. If you block the
road for other drivers or find yourself in the middle lane surrounded by vehicles, you have no
where to go if something goes wrong. Do your best to drive with an escape plan in mind, just in
case you have a tire blow, a car by you loses control, or there is a collisionn accident, you have a
way to stay safe.
5. Don’t Drive Distracted. One of the biggest hazards drivers deal with on the road is driving
distracted. It is important to stay focused on the road and everything that surrounds you.
Watching for pedestrians, cars slowing or stopping in front of you, and other drivers changing
lanes requires paying attention. Ignore your phone, keep passengers under control, and avoid
messing with anything on your dashboard too much. To be proactive, you must stay focused.
If you are looking to stay safe on the road, the best thing you can do is develop these proactive habits.
Staying alert and driving defensively are the best ways you can get to your destination safely while
keeping everyone around you safe too.
Sixteen it a transformative age for many teenagers across the country because it means freedom. More freedom to do what they want, more responsibility, and a chance to be more like an adult. Not all teens are ready to drive on their sixteenth birthday though. States have tests that check for the readiness with knowing laws and how to handle a vehicle, but parents know their own child better than anyone else. If you aren’t sure if your child is ready to drive or not, here are three signs that can help you decide.
- Meeting Expectations. Making and keeping commitments is an important lesson to learn in life. As the parent, you should set expectations for your teenager to keep that are clear and fair. Getting a driver’s license is a serious step for a teenager because they are making a large commitment. Seeing how well they meet the expectations you set is a good indicator of how serious they are in getting a license and that they realize the responsibility that goes with it.
- Knows Boundaries. While most teenagers do things that clearly weren’t very well thought through, there are still things they do that let you know they understand boundaries. Some of these boundaries are not participating in unsafe behaviors, acting appropriately in class, and keeping family rules. Teenagers are professional boundary pushers and won’t always act perfectly, but you can learn a lot by really paying attention. What boundaries they are pushing and why? If you can talk to them, it will give you a glimpse into their understanding of what is important.
- Understands Consequences. One part of brain development that happens during the teenage years is being able to foresee consequences. If a student does their homework and hands it in, they have a higher chance of learning the material and being successful in the classroom. However, if a student continually sleeps in late and doesn’t get to school on time, their chance of passing that morning class is very small. If your teenager is having a hard time understanding the concept of creating desired consequences, it might be more difficult for them to understand the seriousness of speeding, drinking and driving, and even texting while driving.
If you don’t think your child is ready to drive, it’s important for you to talk to them about it. The government will never issue a driver’s license or permit to a minor without the consent of their parent. Make sure you are loving and kind while you explain the reasons why you think that and then help them see what steps they can take to become ready. Remember that no one is perfect and allow your teenager to change and try again.
If you feel like your child is ready to drive, make sure you have a talk with them about your expectations. Check in with them often and always let them know you’re ready to answer any questions about driving that may come up. From grades to driving the speed limit, you help your teen succeed when you let them know you lovingly hold them to a high standard.