Finding Confidence As A Young Female Driver
Although only 3.8% of drivers are female teenagers, driving can be a fun and engaging way to gain confidence as a young woman. Even with the risks that drivers face, you can still enjoy your time on the road, once you’ve learned about your vehicle and how to operate it safely on the road.
Risks of the Road
A driver at any age will come across dangers while driving, such as a deer leaping in front of your vehicle or a driver looking at their phone and drifting into your lane. There are also environmental factors, such as rain or snow, that affect all drivers. As a teenager, it is crucial that you learn how to react to these dangers, so that you avoid putting yourself and others at risk. If a deer jumps in front of your vehicle, do not swerve to avoid it. Instead, slowly press your brakes, slightly angling your vehicle towards the shoulder. When it is snowing or raining, drive slowly with your headlights on, and stay at least five seconds behind the car in front of you.
Driving a Vehicle That Suits You
While it is important to know the most dangerous hazards of driving, it is vital to your safety that you understand the vehicle you are driving, and making sure that you are comfortable driving it. If you intend to drive a truck, be sure to have researched the types of trucks available, and understand the specific features of the large vehicle you’re driving. Likewise, if you intend to drive a small sedan, be sure to understand the implications of driving in the vicinity of larger cars. Most importantly, learn the safety features and how to properly operate your vehicle, so as to reduce the risk of putting yourself and others in danger.
Being a young woman behind the wheel does not mean that you cannot be confident, it simply means that it is more important to understand safe driving techniques and which types of vehicle suit your individual needs. By researching the type of car you intend to drive, you can practice better anticipate the cautions you will need to take when driving on the road. Above all else, stay alert when you are behind the wheel, and keep your eyes on the road.
You are a part of the newest generation of drivers, and it is your duty to ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers you encounter on the road. Safe travels!