Things All New Drivers Should Know

Things All New Drivers Should Know

In this article, we will talk about several situations that could prove difficult for new drivers and need to be talked about before they happen.

The “Check Engine” light– The service manager at explained to us that the check engine light in a car shows up when the car’s CPU (computer) detects a problem with a system or component. Much of the time it’s not an emergency and you can drive home safely.  If, however, you sense something that could be more important, like you smell burning substances or smoke, then pull to the side of the road and get roadside assistance.

Driving in snow and rain – This is quite important to know: when you are driving when the weather is bad, slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and those in front of you. By driving conservatively in messy weather, nearly every accident can be avoided.

Flat tires – If a flat tire happens, it’s a different feeling. As soon as you think that a tire is going flat, pull off to the side of the road. If it’s a tire at the front of the car, the steering wheel will begin to shake and the tire will make a thumping sound. When it’s a rear wheel, the rear of the car may drop a bit and that will cause a thumping sound as well. If you are planning to change the flat yourself, be sure you know how to do it.  If you’re not comfortable doing changing the tire, then give roadside assistance a call.

Headlight failure – It’s not common but it does happen. If it does, then down, pull over somewhere safe and turn on your hazard lights and get assistance.

Road rage – When somebody offends you while driving, take a deep breath and know that your anger will go away within a few minutes. If you’ve accidentally angered another driver, don’t get pulled into interacting with them. Instead, get out of there and on with the day.

Police officers – The first occasion you see a cop’s flashing lights in your rear view mirror will certainly be something you remember but stay calm. Pull off to the side of the road as soon as you safely can. Then put the car in “Park”, turn off the engine, roll down the window and keep your hands where the officer can see them. If the officer angers you, don’t argue with them but instead visit traffic court.

Car accident – If a car crash happens, and you can still drive the car, turn on the flashers and pull safely off the road. Then call the cops–dial 911. Next step is to take a deep breath, get out of the car and exchange information with the other drivers and any witnesses. Its always a great idea to take pictures with your phone as well.

When you have a teen who will get their license any day, you should chat with them about what having a license seriously entails. We hope this article has helped you talk to your teen about what’s important to know once they get behind the wheel all by themselves!

Article Courtesy of: Milnes Chevrolet

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