Three Safety Tips For New Drivers In Fort Smith, Arkansas


Right along the Arkansas - Oklahoma border, the town of Fort Smith is the second largest city in Arkansas. The town’s population has a large youth and teen influence with over 25% being under the age of 18. That means that at any given time there are a lot of newer drivers on the road.


While teens makes up only 7% of the drivers on the roads nationwide, 25% of crashes involve teen drivers. New drivers are more likely to get into accidents due to a combination of lack of experience and being naturally higher risk takers. Teens are less likely to wear seatbelts, drive faster and drive while distracted by phones, music or other passengers. This is why Arkansas has moved to the graduated license law that helps teens get more experience behind the wheel while driving supervised by a more experienced driver.


Parents looking to keep their driving insurance premiums down will want to make sure their young drivers learn and keep in mind these three important defensive driving safety tips that help greatly reduce the risk of accidents.


#1. Never use cell phones while driving. In a generation where teens and young adults are obsessed with their phone, it is more important than ever to make sure everyone realizes the dangers of driving while texting, making calls or otherwise operating your phone while driving. There are even some apps that allow you to block use of the phone when traveling at certain speeds that you might want to make use of. Distracted driving is a major cause of deadly or damaging automobile crashes.


#2. Pay attention to all posted road signs. Make sure new drivers learn that speed limits can change often even on the same stretch of road. Don’t just follow the other drivers, keep alert to the posted speed limits. Watch out for merger signs and other things that will give you a heads up on changing traffic patterns.


#3. Keep a safe distance between you and the other cars. Fender benders especially are caused by people driving too close together. You should have at least 2 full seconds of stopping time between your car and the one in front of you, 4 if the roads are slick. Luckily, Fort Smith, Arkansas has relatively mild weather but rain can also make roads slick.


Keep these safety measures in mind to help reduce your risk of costly accidents that could rate your insurance rates. Look for the best rates for new drivers or drivers under the age of 25.


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