Use the headlights. Many cars now feature daytime running lights. For those that don't, engage the headlights when driving. Using headlights increases visibility and helps other drivers see approaching vehicles, even during the daytime.
• Leave plenty of time. Rushing around to make it to class or other appointments can lead to speeding and other dangerous driving habits. By leaving extra time, drivers will not feel stressed or rushed.
• Limit distractions behind the wheel. Novice drivers may become easily distracted by the radio or even other passengers. Until they gain ample experience, teen drivers should keep passengers and noises to a minimum.
Stick to easy parking for now. New drivers can opt to park in spaces that have plenty of room or allow for pulling out (rather than backing out). This can improve visibility and reduce the risk of hitting other vehicles.
Driving is exciting for newly licensed teens, but parents must emphasize the importance of defensive driving to their young drivers.