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Teach Your Teen To Avoid These Common Amateur Driving Mistakes

When your teen is enrolled in driving school, he or she may give you a report each day on what is being learned in the classroom. As the first in-car driving lesson approaches, your teen may be feeling a combination of excitement and nervousness, but you can help the situation by teaching him or her about some common mistakes to avoid. Many first-time drivers make a handful of mistakes that the driving school instructor will correct; if your child doesn't make these errors, it will cast a favorable light on him or her and hopefully lead to the child passing the course with flying colors. Here are some mistakes to talk about with your young driver.

Moving Past Hazards Too Quickly

When driving in the city, your teenager will encounter all sorts of potential hazards that he or she will need to watch for — and the instructor will also be watching to see how the teen reacts. Passing a cyclist who is hogging the road, driving past a parked motorist who is getting in or out of a vehicle and other such hazards should be negotiated carefully. Teach your young driver to slow down when approaching these scenes and move slowly past them, given their unpredictable nature.

Failing To Maintain The Speed Limit

Although you may worry about your teenager speeding once he or she has a license, this probably won't be a concern during the in-car portion of driving school. Rather, many young drivers actually travel below the speed limit, which can be dangerous in its own right. Remind your teenager of the importance of maintaining the speed limit — and of constantly looking for signs to know the limit in any given area. Your teen should also know the importance of getting up to speed quickly — albeit not in a careless manner — upon merging or turning onto a road with a higher speed limit.

Managing Turn Signals

With so much to pay attention to when behind the wheel, it's easy for a new driver to overlook the proper use of his or her turn signals. Even though your teen will have learned about using these signals in class, impress upon him or her the importance of always using a signal when turning or changing lanes — and then quickly turning it off if it hasn't already turned off automatically. Being on top of this subject will quickly show the instructor that your young driver is ahead of his or her peers.

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Preparing for a Hot Summer

My husband and I own a home in the southern United States. Every summer, the temperature can soar to over 100 degrees. Because the weather gets extremely hot in our part of the country during long, summer days, maintaining the air conditioners in our vehicles is crucial. To accomplish this monumental task, we routinely have them inspected by a mechanic. This professional can inform us if the air conditioners in our cars need a boost of Freon. Freon is an odorless gas that helps to keep a vehicle’s air conditioner operating effectively. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common problems associated with car air conditioners. Enjoy!

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