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5 Safety Tips for a New Driver

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By Erin Thompson on November 11, 2019 in Safe Driving

If you’ve got a new driver ready and rearing to hit the road, read these safety tips. That way, you can worry just a little less while they’re cruising around.

1. Keep cash for gas handy

Teenagers have a lot going on, so how much gas they have left in their tank isn’t always top of mind for them. Throw a $20 in the middle console, so they have some spare change to use in a fuel emergency.

2. Stock an emergency kit

Whether it’s a summertime emergency kit, or a wintertime one, make sure the car has a fully-stocked emergency kit at all times. You’ll want to include things like a flashlight, food and water, kitty litter, and more to make sure your kid can get out of a sticky situation.

3. Get Roadside Assistance

And for all situations that can’t be solved with an emergency kit, you’ll want Roadside Assistance. Make sure your provider either includes Roadside Assistance in every policy (cough cough…like Say does) or look into something like AAA. Either way, you want to make sure your kid has someone to call if they got a flat they can’t change, or their car breaks down, and they need a tow in a pinch.

4. Buy a seatbelt cutter

These nifty devices that can be a lifesaver in many emergencies. They cut seatbelts and can break glass. Hopefully, your kid is never in a situation where they need to use it. But these devices could help provide you a little peace of mind, which is priceless.

5. Talk about parking lot safety

There are a lot of rules of the road for teenagers to learn when they start driving, but something that can sometimes be overlooked is parking lot safety. Talk about best practices for driving and walking through a parking lot with your teen before letting them loose on the road. With 66% of drivers saying they talk on a cell phone in a parking lot, its important new drivers know what to look out for in a lot.

Auto insurance for a 16-year-old

Once you feel comfortable that your driver has all the knowledge and equipment to be a safe driver, make sure they have the coverage they need. Car insurance for new drivers may seem like a lot. But the more coverage they have, the less you need to worry about big bills whenever they get into their first accident.

Erin Thompson is the Marketing Manager for Say Insurance. She's responsible for guiding the strategic direction of all Say marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Say, Erin worked for a media agency based in Columbia, MO. She spent several years developing successful advertising campaigns for a diverse set of clients across the United States. Erin began her career in television advertising after earning her Master’s from the University of Missouri Journalism School with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her love of communication and helping people directed her to the insurance world.