Basic safety tips for new drivers

It is always important to be prepared in case of an emergency, especially when driving. Here are some of the basics younger drivers need to be aware of.

Keep a few items in the trunk or backseat of your car that can be helpful in any situation. Keep an extra phone charger and jumper cables in case of dead batteries. Keep warm blankets, non-perishable food items and water bottles in the vehicle. A flashlight and first-aid kit can also come in handy during an emergency situation. Store a list of medical information such as allergies to medications that first responders can find if involved in and accident.

"I've been told by a few people they keep emergency contact information for their relatives in case something should happen to them, if they get rushed to the hospital or something like that. That way they have someone they can get ahold of," said Scott Martin, Lovegreen Chrysler Technician.

It is also best to keep a small tool box in the trunk. Make use of an old backpack or duffle bag to store and organize the items.