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While getting your driver’s license can be a fun, new experience, there are many possible dangers associated with it. Here are some tips that new drivers should consider to avoid accidents and tickets. The most dangerous and costly mistake that a new driver could make is driving while under the influence. A DUI ticket will put a lot of points on your driving record which can cause auto insurance rates to skyrocket. Tailgating and speeding are also dangerous driving habits that could be costly. The amount of points that these offenses put on your driving record vary; however, even one point on your record can cause an increase in your premium. It is also important for new drivers to avoid distractions. In an age filled with technology, it can be easy to become distracted by a new text on your cellphone or changing the song on the radio, increasing the likelihood of an accident occurring.

It is important for younger drivers to be prepared. Try to keep an eye on the weather to determine if you are comfortable with the possible driving conditions. Heavy rain, snow, sleet, and ice can create dangerous conditions that newer drivers may not be prepared for. Finally, it is a good idea to be familiar with basic car maintenance in the event that the car breaks down. Knowing how to change a flat tire or assess your oil levels are important skills for new drivers to have.

Also Read: Should I Consider Usage-Based Insurance (UBI)?

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