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Driving in good conditions is easy. On a clear day, with enough-but-not-too-much sun, your teen will have good visibility and few issues with traction or braking on the road.
But easy isn’t always better.
While it is safer to drive in good conditions, it also makes it easier for drivers to become distracted, since they may feel they don’t have to pay close attention to the road. When it is raining, dark out or the roads are slick, however, the hope is that drivers are much more focused and aware of their role in staying safe. That’s why it can help to advise your teen to always drive as if the weather is bad. In other words, drive every day like it’s a snow day.
While we don’t advise getting out onto the roads during a heavy snowstorm, there are benefits to driving as if the road conditions are much worse than they actually are. Why? Because most drivers are never more careful than they are when there is snow coming down. Here are a few winter driving practices that your teen can work into their everyday habits:
Though not everyone in the U.S. has to drive in the snow during the winter months, that doesn’t mean they can’t still have the experience. It may sound silly, but this little bit of imagination could help keep your teen safe.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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