Safety Tips for New Drivers It is a rite of passage for the youth in America today: earning a driver's license and hitting the open road. It is one of many steps towards independence as a young adult. However, it can also be an extremely dangerous step. As you master this new skill, learn to do so safely and responsibly. Always wear a seatbelt. Always. Always insist that your passengers wear a seatbelt. Never try to fit more people in the car than there are seatbelts. Limit the number of passengers in the car whenever possible; it's easy to get distracted by the conversation going on in the car or the music on the radio. Obey the speed limits and traffic signals. Speed and running red lights/stop signs are leading causes of accidents. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and avoid talking on a cell phone, applying makeup or eating while driving. Keep radio volume down low enough to hear any emergency vehicle sirens near by. Stay a safe distance behind the car in front of you. A good rule of them is one car length for every ten miles per hour you are traveling. Do not drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, taking medication that affects driving skills, or if you are tired.