10/05/2022 by Tricounty Driving School 0 Comments
4 Ways Modern Phones Can Help With Teenage Driving
The use of phones while driving is an important learning curve for teenagers who want to drive. Texts and calls can distract and lead to missed warnings on the road. Even though phones are a no-go while a teen learns to drive, a teen can make use of their phone and develop healthy driving habits.
Check out some of the safe ways to use a phone through driver education courses. The earlier teens establish healthy driving habits, the safer they will remain on the road.
1. Bluetooth Connections
A majority of new smartphones come with Bluetooth connections and can connect with many car audio systems. A Bluetooth connection allows a teen to use the phone without the need to pick up the device. Essentially, a teen can keep their eyes on the road. If an important call comes from a parent or friend, the teen can answer the phone and talk through the car's audio.
The Bluetooth connection may also have the ability to display text messages, read text messages, and offer quick replies. Many phones can activate an automatic mode known as driving mode. The mode can eliminate distractions and send automatic texts like "Currently driving, will respond later." The feature allows a teen to remain focused on the road.
Through driver's education classes, a teen can learn an overview of the Bluetooth features. Ideally, a teen should learn the controls while the car is parked and master the features while the car is still as opposed to while driving.
2. Driving Test Online Courses
Instead of wasting time on social media apps or games, a teenager can turn their phone into a tool for driver education. A driving school may offer online courses with videos, text information, and sample tests. Along with dedicated study time, a teenager can use downtime to go back over courses and master information.
If a teenager rides as a passenger, then they could read over lessons and see real-world examples. For example, if a car approaches a four-way intersection, a teen can see the proper order of cars and confirm the information through video clips and information supplied in the classroom.
3. Music Playlists & Voice Controls
The radio controls create one of the main distractions in a car. Teens can learn how to play music through their phones and keep their hands on the wheel at the same time. Before a drive, a teen can set up a playlist or podcast episode to listen to along the way. The playlist will give a teenager some music to listen to without the need to adjust stations or change tracks.
Teenagers can also set up voice controls through their phones. The voice controls will load specific music apps, playlists, or song artists. The quick voice use will prevent the need to look at any screens, and teenagers can follow the traffic on the road. Voice controls are essential in high-traffic areas like cities or highways.
4. GPS Maps & Instructions
A teen who is learning how to drive may not know where to go. Thankfully, many phones have GPS apps available. GPS apps will help a teen navigate, avoid heavy traffic areas, and learn their way around. When a teen is not behind the wheel, they can study maps, learn routes, and learn about the local area.
Some maps may offer speed limits and other details like one-way streets. Little details like this will only improve driving. Teens can input some of the most common places they want to drive and learn the routes. Any extra studying can go a long way in passing a driver's education course and earning a license.
Sign a teen up for our in-depth driver's education courses at Tricounty Driving School. Our instructors will train through courses and on-the-road experience. Contact us today to see what classes are available.