Your New Driver Checklist

by Carter Toni

Now that you finally have your driver’s license, it is time to get used to all the new responsibilities that come with driving. Whether you are an experienced driver or new to the road, there are some key items on every driver’s checklist. Make sure you stay safe and informed by checking out this list before getting behind the wheel for your first drive!

Check your tires and fluids

This is the easiest and most important step to ensure that your vehicle is running. Be sure you have enough air in your tires so they do not blow out on the road, as this can be very dangerous. Not only should you check your tire pressure, but also make sure there are no nails or other sharp objects stuck in them because a flat tire can also be a danger.

In addition to checking your tires, you should ensure that all your fluids are filled and in good condition. Of course, this includes making sure you have plenty of oil, but it is important to check other fluids as well. Make sure that windshield washer fluid is full and that the power steering fluid and brake fluid are at suitable levels. If you do not know how to check these fluids, find an experienced driver and ask for instructions!

Remember the basics

It is important to remember the basics of car safety. Make sure you buckle up at all times, drive defensively to avoid road rage accidents, and do not text or talk on the phone while driving. It is also a good idea to turn your headlights on in low-light conditions. These rules are important for anyone driving alone but are even more important if you are driving with passengers because their lives depend on your attention to the road.

If someone is riding with you, let them know about these rules before you start driving. You cannot expect yourself or other drivers to follow these rules unless you set the example first!

Get the right insurance

Whether you are driving with no passengers or four of your closest friends, you should have the right insurance. If you plan to drive other people around, make sure to get carpool insurance. This type of coverage is designed for people who share their vehicles on a regular basis. It can be cheaper than all-around coverage, so it is worth shopping around to see if you can save some money!

Make sure you use a reliable company such as who can provide the right cover for you and your needs. It always pays to be safe when it comes to insurance, so do not skimp on this cost.

Don’t get distracted

Driving is not only about the rules of the road. You should also remember to drive safely by keeping your attention on the task at hand and avoiding distractions. This means no texting and driving and no talking on the phone while driving! If you need to answer a call or send a text message, find a safe place to pull over and take care of it. You want to be a safe driver, so do not allow yourself to get distracted from the road!

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