With the back-to-school season in full swing, new drivers are hitting the road, eager to embrace their newfound freedom. As exciting as it may be, driving comes with great responsibility, especially for those who are new behind the wheel. In this blog post, we’ll share essential driving tips tailored to new drivers while Matthews Tire Menasha Manager Sean Brucks emphasizes the importance of having good tires and a well-maintained vehicle.

The Journey Begins with Safe Tires and a Reliable Vehicle

Before delving into driving tips, let’s address the foundation of a safe driving experience: your vehicle. Good tires and regular vehicle maintenance from Matthews Tire are your first line of defense on the road.

“Proper maintenance on any vehicle prolongs the life of it and gives you peace of mind when driving,” Sean said. “People who neglect maintenance have more check engine lights come on and experience more interruptions that could have been avoided.”

The Role of Good Tires

Your vehicle’s tires are the only points of contact between your car and the road. Having quality tires can significantly impact your driving experience and safety. Here’s why:

  • Traction and Stability: High-quality tires provide better traction, reducing the likelihood of skidding, especially on wet or slippery surfaces.
  • Braking Performance: Well-maintained tires allow for shorter braking distances, helping you respond promptly to sudden stops.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency, saving you money on gas in the long run.
  • Comfortable Ride: Quality tires contribute to a smoother and more comfortable ride, enhancing your overall driving experience.

If you need to determine if your tires are in good condition, bring your vehicle to any Matthews Tire.

We can check the tires for free and have a conversation about the next steps,” Sean said. “We use a tread depth tool to check the thickness of the tire and get a good idea of what kind of shape the tire is in. And as professionals, we can usually determine what’s needed just by looking at the tires.”

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Regular vehicle maintenance at Matthews Tire is the key to keeping your car in optimal condition. This is especially important for new drivers who might not yet be familiar with the signs of mechanical issues. Here’s why vehicle maintenance matters:

  • Safety: Routine checks on brakes, lights, steering, and other vital components ensure that your car is safe to operate.
  • Reliability: Preventive maintenance reduces the chances of unexpected breakdowns, giving you peace of mind on the road.
  • Longevity: Proper care can extend your vehicle’s lifespan, saving you money on early replacements.
  • Resale Value: A well-maintained car holds its value better when it’s time to upgrade.

Sean added: “The lifeblood of a vehicle’s engine is the oil. Routine oil changes are extremely important. Rotating your tires is another priority. When it comes to routine maintenance specific to the make and model of your vehicle, technicians at Matthews Tire can give expert advice on what’s recommended by the manufacturer versus what we think you could wait on.”

Driving Tips for New Drivers

As a new driver, your focus should be solely on the road. “Put your cell phone in the center console or in the glove box,” Sean suggested. “There are already so many other distractions on the road!”

Additionally, follow speed limits, use turn signals and practice defensive driving. “Watch the car in front of you,” Sean said. “Keep your distance. And always check your mirrors.”


By following these essential driving tips, new drivers can navigate the road with confidence, especially during the bustling back-to-school season. Remember, your vehicle’s tires and overall maintenance play an important role in your driving experience and safety.

Regular servicing and investing in quality tires from a trusted source like Matthews Tire can make all the difference in ensuring your journey is a smooth and secure one. You can easily schedule a service appointment or shop for tires anytime online!