We all know what it felt like to finally get our drivers license. We no longer have to always hear mom or dad say, 'Watch out for that car!' or 'Slow down, slow down!' Like Rascal Flatts sang, its fast cars and freedom...even if its only going to the grocery store for milk.

Unfortunately, even the most experienced drivers make mistakes whether they be big or small. So when it comes to the new drivers in the family, here are a few common mistakes they tend to make that you may want to keep an eye on:

  • Not using turn signals. This one drives me absolutely bananas! They may not fully understand that it can definitely help in preventing an accident. So while driving with your kids, make sure to show them that using their signals is important.
  • Not checking their blind spots. This is a really big one. They must always check blind spots while changing lanes, backing up, merging, etc. Just because you don't see a vehicle doesn't mean that it isn't there.
  • Not knowing how to use the essentials like windshield wipers. Get them used to turn on the lights or the windshield wipers without having to go and look for them. Taking their eyes off of the road even for just a second is very dangerous.

My little brother just got his driver's license and it scares the heck out of me. When he first started practicing, he was a nervous wreck and would tend to freak out a bit. He is doing a lot better with it, however, I catch him slipping every now and then. What I notice is that he forgets to check both left and right for oncoming cars more than once. You never know when a vehicle will turn on to the road and head straight for you.

Of course, the one big mistake that all of have been guilty of a time or two is using our phones while driving. When you are driving, the most important thing at that time is your safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road. Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Accidents caused by texting and driving are more common than they should be. Show your new driver that that one phone call or text can wait and isn't worth their life or the lives of others.

Stay safe of the roads and remember to teach your new drivers how to stay safe as well!