All-weather driving tips for teens.

December 12, 2014

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips from Erin Doan, State Farm Insurance, Scottville, www.erindoan.com.

Your teen drivers are bound to encounter bad weather on the road. Are you confident they can handle it? Help prepare them with these driving tips for traveling in heavy rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog and other severe weather.

How to Establish Safe Driving Habits

Driving too fast for road conditions is a leading cause of crashes involving teen drivers. Talk to your teens about the importance of slowing down and taking these additional precautions:

Increase following distance when traveling on wet roads and snow-packed surfaces.

Brake slowly and only when traveling in a straight line.

If you hydroplane, take your foot off the accelerator and keep the wheels pointed straight ahead.

Use low beams or fog lights when traveling in dense fog.

How to Handle an Accident

You can help teen drivers stay calm in the event of a collision by walking them through the appropriate steps ahead of time. Instruct your teen to:

Take a deep breath and stay calm.

Check to see that everyone is OK and call 911 to report the crash and any injuries.

If you’re able, move cars out of traffic and turn on the hazards.

Notify your insurance agent immediately.

Take photos of the damage. The State Farm® Pocket Agent® app can help with this step.

Wait until the police arrive to speak to anyone about the accident, get the other driver’s information and sign any documents. Don’t leave the accident scene until the police do.

Find more information from State Farm about driving safety tips for severe weather, and visit the Teen Driver Safety website for additional safe driving tips for teens.

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