Safety Tips for New Drivers

March 4, 2024

Congratulations! You passed the test, smiled for your photo and now hold that hard-earned driver’s license in your hands. Getting your driver’s license is a rite of passage. It means more freedom, more independence and more responsibility. Before you go solo behind the wheel, here are some tips to help you stay prepared on the road.

Stay Predictable

One of the golden rules for new drivers is to stay predictable. Following the rules of the road not only ensures your safety but also contributes to the overall smooth flow of traffic. When you drive defensively, you can stop the crash before it starts.


  • Use Your Blinker: Whether making a turn, merging or changing lanes, always use your turn signal. It communicates your intentions to other drivers and helps promote a safer road for everyone.
  • Wait Your Turn: At four-way stops, left turns into oncoming traffic, navigating roundabouts – whatever it is, patience is key. Waiting your turn avoids confusion and keeps everyone on the same page.
  • Never Drive Distracted: Avoid distractions such as texting, eating or adjusting the radio while driving. Your focus should only be on the road.

Watch Your Speed

The faster you go, the less time you have to react. Following speed limits isn’t only the law of the land — it’s a crucial safety measure. Stay within the posted speed limits to maintain control of your vehicle and respond better to unexpected situations.

Choose Your Passengers Wisely

Teen passengers are often cited as common distractions for new drivers. It’s important to only let people in your car that are going to help you drive, not distract you. Good passengers can help with navigation and answer your phone, allowing you to keep your focus on the road.



Not only is smart driving the safest thing to do, it’s also the easiest way to win big. From March 18th through April 30th, South Dakota teens can take a two-minute quiz for a chance to score $10,000 for themselves and $10,000 for their school. Last year, over 4,000 students pledged to be a safe driver for the chance to win. Will you do the same?

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