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Car Basics & Safety

There's More to Driving than Getting Behind the Wheel

A driver's license. To most new drivers, the phrase alone brings to mind thoughts of freedom. But along with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility - responsibility for their own safety, and the safety of others in their car and on the road around them.

A new driver may be anxious to get out on the road on their own, but there are some basics all drivers should know before they get behind the wheel.

  • Car basics

    Car Basics
    While adjusting your mirrors, de-fogging your windows, or even pumping gas come naturally to experienced drivers, new drivers need to be taught the correct procedure for these actions, and more.

  • Car safety ratings

    Car Safety Ratings
    Whether you're shopping for a car for your new driver or one for yourself that you will use when teaching your teen to drive, Liberty Mutual's annual Car Safety Ratings will help you choose the car that's right for you and your new driver.

  • What to do in case of an accident

    What to do in Case of an Accident
    Accidents happen - even to the most responsible, experienced drivers. The most important thing to do after an accident is to remain calm. Ensure that you and your passengers are safe, and then follow these simple steps to document the accident.

  • Accident kit

    Accident Kit
    A new driver should always have these essentials in their glove compartment: the car's registration, insurance information, and a ready-made kit in case they are ever involved in an accident.