Mental Well-Being

Shift into Gear with These Tips for Safe Driving

March 20, 2023

Let’s face it: The road can sometimes be intimidating. Whether you’re a seasoned driver or you’re letting your freshly licensed kid loose on the world for the first time, driving can be a scary and dangerous thing.

Luckily, driving doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it may seem—even for new drivers. And for those of you who’ve been driving already for a while, it can never hurt to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for keeping the whole family safe on the road.

Don’t drive distracted

Distracted driving can come in many forms. Maybe you got a text from a friend or family member and you’re just going to answer it quickly at the next stoplight before you forget. Or maybe you’re taking a phone call, or your toddler in the backseat just spilled fruit snacks everywhere. 

Whatever the reason may be, it’s crucial to not let yourself fall into the trap of distracted driving. If you get a text, wait until you’re parked before answering it—that includes keeping your phone put away at stop signs and lights, too. If you need to take a call, consider a hands-free car mount to hold your phone for you while you drive. And if the kids are snacking in the back seat, maybe give them a treat with a secure lid so there are no spills mid-drive.

And listen, we don’t mean to say you have to have a quiet, stoic drive to be safe. In fact, you may find listening to music or podcasts during your commute helps ease any driving nerves and actually helps you focus. But when engaging in these activities, make sure you’re doing so safely. Keep your eyes on the road, and don’t skip past commercials or songs on your phone while you’re driving. Use hands-free technology as well, such as plugging your phone into your car speakers or Bluetooth technology.

Tips for teaching the teenagers

If you have a new driver in the house, you may feel daunted teaching them how to drive on your own. While it’s good to practice with a parent or guardian, a driver’s education course can be a great first step for any teenager getting behind the wheel. A driving instructor or course will teach valuable skills and important safety measures that will keep them protected once they’re out on the road.

When to take away the keys

It can be hard to know when someone isn’t ready to drive, or when someone has become incapable of driving. If you have aging parents, you may be wondering when is the right time to take away their keys for good

Sometimes, all they need is a little refresher. Senior driving classes can be a great way to judge whether your parent can continue being on the road. But if you’re concerned with their ability to drive, and you think the time may be upon you to take away the keys, make a plan for how they will be able to stay social and engaged with society despite no longer driving. 

Regardless of what your concerns with the road are, there are plenty of ways to deal with driving dangers. The important thing is to stay safe and stay healthy while you’re on the road.