You are glad your teenage son or daughter is old enough to drive her or himself around South Carolina so you do not have to. That said, more than a little worry could replace that relief.

Driving on the highway can present a headache for the most experienced of drivers. To help both you and your teenager driver keep your cool about heading out on the highway for the first time, Nationwide offers a few tips to help keep an unnecessary incident at bay.

Keep to the right lane

One of the first things teenage drivers should know is that the left lane is for passing only. When driving on the highway for the first few times, young motorists should restrict themselves to the right lane. Doing so allows them to get used to the flow of highway traffic without worrying about driving faster or passing.

Timing is everything

It is a terrible idea for young drivers to head out on the highway for the first time in the middle of rush hour. Instead, they should test their skills when traffic is low, and when the sky is clear.

Change lanes the right way

When it is time to change lanes, young motorists should develop the habit of checking their mirrors and blind spots and giving a signal. Leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front of them is also a good idea.

Look far and near

To give themselves as much warning as possible about what lies ahead, teenage drivers need to look both far and near. That way, they can start braking or change lanes ahead of time, which is better than suddenly slamming on the brakes.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.