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Summer safety tips for Ireland’s youth.

Your teen’s first car is a rite of passage; it’s an exciting time for freedom and hitting the road this summer. However, with the longer evenings and holidays our roads can become more dangerous. These dangers can leave younger, less experienced drivers at risk. The dedicated team at Windsor Motors, have created a Safe SUMMER guide to encourage young drivers to be safe on our roads this summer.

Set Limits
Set limits on young driver’s driving, especially in high-risk situations such as at night, on the weekends or in poor weather conditions.
Do not let young drivers travel with driver that has less than one year’s driving experience. The higher the number of passengers in the car, the greater the level of distraction.

Understand the Route
Have a clear understanding of where young drivers are driving, who they are with and the route they intend to take.  Confirm a check-in time with young drivers so they can update you on their plans.

Maintain Visual Awareness
Remind young drivers to look 10 seconds down the road at all times when driving, and that they should be travelling no fewer than three seconds behind the next vehicle.  This will allow time to focus on the best escape route when confronted with an obstacle.

Make Time to Talk
Set aside time each week to re-connect with young drivers during the summer to get a full understanding of what their schedule looks like. Check that they are comfortable with all routes and offer to join them for a practice run before a long trip. Providing young drivers with a Hailo account they can use in case of emergency will help reduce drink driving and other peer pressures.

Examples are Key
Young drivers rely on you to lead by example.  Practice what you preach and don’t use your mobile phone or send text messages while you are driving.  Both are leading causes of distractions and crashes for young drivers.  Remind young drivers to keep their hands off of the centre of the steering wheel and their feet off of the dashboard.  In the event of an accident an airbag deployment with the hands or feet in this position can cause serious bodily harm. Ensure that each passenger in the car is wearing their seat belt.

Run a Quick Pressure Check
Complete a quick tyre pressure check with young drivers every month to ensure levels are correct.  Are the tyres inflated correctly? These are simple steps to ensure young drivers stays safe on Irish Roads this summer.