Happy Summer and Safe Driving

By Liam Hughes

The Charter News

Happy summer, and safe driving. Chances are that a good number of you will be taking drivers ed, and some will already be driving. It is important to remember to be safe on the roads, especially when it comes to new drivers. However, there is one thing that all new drivers should learn. Maintenance. Maintenance is one thing that you will not learn from drivers ed, so be sure to find someone to teach you. For new drivers, make sure to get plenty of practice in a safe area, like a parking lot. Here are some tips from other drivers generated from a Charter-conducted poll.

  • Have good following distance
  • Don’t hesitate making decisions
  • Don’t rush into things that you won’t be able to get back out. Be safe than sorry
  • My experience with a lackluster driver’s ed teacher in a very rural community with mostly dirt roads and no traffic lights is not typical of my children’s experience’s with current programs. I think driver’s ed is critical for safety purposes and I think it should be required for promoting awareness- particularly regarding driving distractions.
  • Don’t over think it. its easier than it seems
  • Practice carefully.
  • No texting or eating or drinking while driving
  • Look at the red light. See the red light. And stop at the red light. (Unlike your minivan counterparts)
  • Watch out for windy roads.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock.
  • Avoid using the cell phone while driving.
  • Check the air pressure in your tires.
  • Make sure your oil levels are full.
  • Look left when taking a left hand turn.
  • Don’t stop in the crosswalk.
  • Drive the speed limit.
  • When possible keep an empty lane for the police if they are on the side of the road.
  • Also, remember to have fun and enjoy your summer