For new drivers, being out on the road can be as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. But before you hand your keys over to your new teen driver, go over these defensive driver tips that may keep them safe!

Always Buckle Up!

One of the first things anyone should do before they start their car is buckle-up! Texas law requires all drivers and passengers in a vehicle to wear a safety belt, with violations reaching as high as $250 plus court costs. Be smart and buckle-up!


Distractions are everywhere– inside and outside of the vehicle as you drive. It’s important that the driver stays focused at the task at hand, driving, and not let cell phones, the radio or anything else distract them.

Don’t Speed

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding has accounted for 26% of fatalities in 2017. It is best to go the speed limit and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.

Look Ahead

It’s best to try and look ahead while you drive. Looking ahead can help the driver anticipate problems like erratic drivers, slow traffic, highway debris, accidents or even the exit they may need to take.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Another great way to keep safe on the road is to make sure your vehicle is maintained. By keeping up with oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance under the hood, you’ll be saving yourself (and your vehicle) from a inconvenient, and costly breakdown.

Payne Auto Group

Payne Auto Group has plenty of new and used cars for your first-time driver. View our entire inventory online 24/7, schedule service online, or even request an estimate from the Payne Collision Center!