Defensive driving is all about developing safe habits, and building those habits happens both in our drivers education courses and in the hours students log behind the wheel. Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20-year-olds. Our mission here at Freedom Drivers Ed is to decrease that statistic by teaching defensive driving skills in each and every one of our drivers education courses.

We also know that building safe driving habits must be reinforced by parents at home, which is why in today’s blog post we’re sharing safe driving habits for teens that should be practiced every time they get behind the wheel. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re ready to register for drivers education in Douglas County, register here!

Always Buckle Up

Did you know that about 25% of teens don’t use a seat belt every time they drive or are a passenger? Car ejections account for 28% of all crash deaths, and people who are not wearing a seat belt are much more likely to be ejects. It might seem like something you don’t need to say, but buckling up is the first thing everyone needs to do when they enter a car — and it’s something we stress in all of our drivers education courses.

No Texting or Calling

Most accidents are caused by driver distraction, and texting and calling is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. This behavior is common among teen drivers, and keeping your phone in a bag or in a dashboard holder for directions is something we teach here at our driving school. If it’s absolutely important to take the call, email, or text, tell your teen to pull over. 

Never Drive Tired

Driver fatigue is 100% preventable, yet every single year 100,000 crashes are caused by people getting behind the wheel when they’re too sleepy to drive safely. We know not to drive drunk, but being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05. We’re all guilty of trying to finish out that last leg of the road trip, but it’s really important to stress to your teen driver that if they feel at all sleepy to pull over and take a nap, or even get a hotel room, even if it means being late. 

Drive Slower in Bad Weather

Practicing driving in bad weather is an essential part of drivers education. Here in Douglas County, a storm can strike unexpectedly and if your teen is on the road they’ll need to know how to handle the situation. Teach them to slow down, be cautious, turn on their blinkers, leave space in front of them, and not be afraid to pull over and wait out the storm. 

Freedom Drivers Ed 

No other driving school in the area can match the qualifications, training, and experience of our instructors! We offer comprehensive drivers education in Douglas County, from coursework to behind-the-wheel to drivers test prep and license tests. 

Our training philosophy is “Hear It – See It – Do It!” We help our students move safely from classroom training to practice on the road. Register for an online or classroom drivers education class today!