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Safe Driving Tips For New Drivers

In a lot of countries, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. There is a higher likelihood of car crashes during a young person’s first year of getting a license.

It’s no wonder government agencies and other youth-focused movements issue constant reminders about safe driving for young people. Aside from that, support for parents with new drivers in the family is also provided. In the UAE, where roads are dominated by some of the fanciest and fastest cars in the world driven by young people, concerned groups offer advice to parents on how to handle the worst situations involving cars and their (not-so-young) kids.

All that is done in the hopes that parents can be as involved as possible in preparing their new drivers for the responsibilities of life on the road. That being said, listed below are some of the safe driving tips that parents can share with their children.

1.Always keep your temper under control.

It’s best not to hit the road when emotions are high. This is a very important lesson to share with young drivers who are more prone to allowing their temper to get the best of them in complex road situations. Remind your young driver that they should always have control over themselves instead of letting other drivers dictate their behavior on the road. This is the best way to avoid altercations or accidents.

2.No children should ride in a car with a new driver.

Quite often, parents find it a great relief when one of their children finally gets a driver’s license. This is because they can now share driving responsibilities within the household. However, road authorities advise parents not to let younger children ride with a new driver. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

3.Know the location and contact details of a repair centre where you can bring the car in case of accidents or other problems.

It should be a must for new drivers to know a place where car accident repairs in the UAE are provided. This should indicate to them that part of their responsibility as drivers is taking care of the issues that the vehicle they use may encounter. For example, if the car breaks down while the new driver is on their way somewhere, they should be able to call the best auto service providers to help them out, especially if the family uses a luxury car that needs authentic replacement parts.

Quite often, being reminded of this responsibility is enough to make them drive more safely.

4.Parking on the side of the road is always an option.

This is another vital tip to share with young drivers. When they are feeling too sleepy or sick while driving, stopping on the side of the road is a smart thing to do.

Pushing themselves to get to their destination can be dangerous when they don’t feel a hundred percent okay. It’s always better to stop at the nearest safe spot, get some shut-eye or call for assistance. These can be family members or friends who can take over the wheel and bring them home, or professional roadside assistance, which is available in the UAE.

The same rule applies when there’s a phone call. The safe thing to do when somebody calls while you’re driving is to pull over somewhere safe to receive the call.

5.Always be prepared for the worst.

Knowing how to handle difficult situations on the road is crucial for safe driving. Gather as much information as you can (maybe even talk to one of the mechanics at the car service centre) about common and unusual incidents that will require a young driver to think clearly and act appropriately. Insist on learning the lessons from such circumstances so he or she will have useful information to work with and make the best decisions.

Besides that, provide the car with the necessary tools for minor repairs and take the time to teach a new and young driver how to perform these repairs, such as changing the tire or the battery.

6.Clear vision is a must.

Investing in driving glasses can ensure safe driving as well. Anti-glare and anti-fatigue sunglasses can address the challenges of driving on a bright, sunny day. Young drivers should invest in these helpful sunglasses from Dubai optical shops (or elsewhere in the world) offered in various designs; you can even request for additional lens features or treatments to improve visual clarity further while driving.

With these tips, your new driver can fully understand how big a responsibility he has in his hands, and learn how to handle it correctly.


Ahmad Ramadan is a Managing Partner at Deutsche Technik Service Center, Dubai’s first and largest VW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, & Lamborghini vehicle specialist and performance tuner. DT has also built an illustrious portfolio in classic car repair, maintenance, and restoration, as well as body work (accident repair, painting, and denting). DT Service Centre offers a full range of services: mechanical repairs, maintenance, servicing, etc.

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