Teen Driver Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, motor vehicle accidents are the number one leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. Half of all teenage drivers will be involved in some type of motor vehicle accident before they finish High School. With statistics like these, it is critical to understand the major contributing factors that lead to these untimely fatalities to help keep your teenager safe on the road.

Inexperienced Drivers

Teen drivers are new drivers. An inexperienced driver can have difficulty with timing, like merging onto the highway or crossing the road into oncoming traffic. An inexperienced driver may not handle or even recognize road hazards correctly. There is a reason insurance rates for teen drivers are among the highest of any group.

Help Your Teen Become a Better Driver

Here are a few tips to make your teen a better driver:
  • Practice Driving in Difficult Weather – Take your teenager out driving with you on a rainy day to re-learn or teach them how a car handles in slick conditions.
  • Practice Highway Driving – Have them drive with you on I-15 or I-215 to learn the timing of the flow of traffic and specifics like merging or giving the right-of-way.
  • Control Speed – Teen drivers are more likely to find it fun to drive fast. Teach your teen not to. Speed will either be the cause of a crash or the thing that makes it much, much worse.
  • Establish Good Navigation Habits – Our teens don’t have to review maps or print out MapQuest directions like some of us older drivers. Today, we can jump in the car and have our navigation systems direct us as we go. If your teen needs directions, have them use voice assisted navigation or review the route before driving. Make sure they pull over if they need to review their GPS.
  • Establish Good Phone Driving Habits – Teens need to learn that drivers should never have their phones in their hands. Teach them to pull over if a call is necessary.
  • Limit Nighttime Driving – Try to restrict your teen’s driving to during the daytime only – at least initially. It is best to learn good judgment, focus, and timing during the daylight hours before transitions to night driving.
  • Never Drive Impaired – We cannot tell our teen drivers this enough  Driving impaired is dangerous and unacceptable.7

Passengers Increase the Rate of Teen Driver Accidents by 44%

The presence of a passenger in a vehicle increases the chances that your teen driver will crash by 44%. Teen drivers need all of their concentration. It does not matter whether the passenger is a sibling or friend, the distraction is dangerous. Place a passenger restriction for the first six months of your teenager’s driving “career” so that they can learn the rules of the road without a deadly distraction.

Driver’s Ed Never Ends

Make sure that your teen understands the level of responsibility that comes with driving a motor vehicle. Participate in their ongoing education and realize it doesn’t end the minute that they get their license. Even if they complete a driver’s education law course, don’t be afraid to continue the education. When it comes to raising a safe teen driver, you don’t want them to learn the hard way.

Help to Teen Driving Accident Victims

If you have been injured by a teen driver’s negligence, contact Hale Injury Law. We help victims of negligence recover from injury and property damage. We understand the true causes of accidents and are able to get results for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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