As September approaches, it’s back to school time. If your children are high-schoolers or college students who drive, make sure they are safe and prepared for their driving experiences. Take some extra time to discuss driving habits with your kids so they are properly educated about safe motoring. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 77% of accidents are due to driver error. The leading causes of injuries and deaths among teenage and early 20s drivers are alcohol use, speeding, and not using seat belts.
Tips for Safe Driving:
- Don’t drink & drive
- Don’t speed
- Always use seatbelts (drivers and passengers)
- Avoid distractions (texting, cell phone use, etc.)
- Maintain a proper distance between your car and other vehicles
- Make sure tires are properly inflated to enhance vehicle control and improve stopping capability
- Check rear view and outside mirrors every 20 seconds for approaching vehicles
- Avoid aggressive driving – leave that to race car drivers
If your kids are college bound, some added tips may be appropriate, especially if they are driving long distances or in potentially inclement weather:
- Make sure their vehicles are properly serviced and prepared for winter driving BEFORE they leave for school
- Replace worn tires
- Carry a roadside emergency kit that includes battery cables, a flashlight, first aid kit, safety flares, gloves, and other emergency items
- Make sure your kids belong to a Roadside Assistance Program in the event of breakdowns or other emergencies
Get ready for Back to School!
Prepare your student’s and your vehicle before hand and help ensure this school year is all about learning and growing and not memories of the inside of the breakdown shop they visited. Bring your vehicle into Hudson Auto Care today!