A lot has changed since you first got your driver’s license. If your teenager is going through the process, now would be a great time to learn what has changed since you took your road test. Doing so can not only help you stay safe when on the roads of Tennessee, but can show your teen driver that there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to being safe behind the wheel.
Hand placement on the steering wheel
You might be surprised to learn that your teen driver will not be told to put their hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel like you were so many years ago. Instead, they will be taught to put their hands at 9 and 3. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), putting your hands at 9 and 3 can keep them from being injured when the airbag deploys during a Tennessee car accident.
Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles
You were taught to keep one car length between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 MPH at which you are traveling. Nowadays, new drivers are being taught a three-second rule. The driver is to focus on an object that is even with the vehicle in front of yours. Count how long it takes your vehicle to reach that object. If it is less than three seconds, you are following too close to the vehicle in front of you.
Turn off all distractions
The sad thing is that many adults who have been driving for years often use mobile devices while behind the wheel. There’s that false sense of security since you have so many years of experience driving. As you lecture your child about not using a mobile device while driving, you should force yourself to do the same.
Turn off all mobile devices and put them somewhere in the vehicle that prevents you from reaching them. Even using a hands-free device to make a phone call can distract you from the task of driving as your mind will not be solely focused on the road in front of you.
Learn the basics of driving
Your teen should still be taught the basics of driving even though today’s vehicles have a lot of features that help navigate icy roads or parallel park. Refresh your memory by teaching your child how to drive on a road covered in snow or ice, how to parallel park, and how to sense a collision.
Having a teenager with a driver’s license is scary, we know. Parents lose a lot of sleep at this point in their lives. Show your teen just how important it is to learn about road safety by seeing what has changed since you first got your license. If you ever need legal assistance because of a Tennessee car accident, be sure to call the office of Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at 615-425-2500, or complete a contact form online to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville.