While it is true that teens are at higher risk for accidents, most of those teen accidents can be prevented. Parents can help teach their teen drivers how to stay safe behind the wheel while they are still gaining their necessary driving skills. By avoiding risky behaviors and never allowing friends to drive irresponsibly, everyone can do their part to reduce the number of teen accidents.
Talking and texting on the phone is tempting for a teen – as well as for an adult. Teen drivers should know the dangers of this type of distraction and how just a few seconds with their attention off the road can cause an accident. Teens should only use their cellphones if they are in an emergency situation. Even then, they should know to pull off to the side of the road before using their phone to call or text.
Also, during your teen’s first year of driving, they should not be allowed to carry any friends as passengers. Talking and engaging with friends in the vehicle can also distract a teen from the road ahead.
Your teen driver should know what the posted speed limit is and always follow that speed limit. This helps them remain in control of the vehicle – and driving faster than the posted speed limit could be hazardous for new drivers.
Also, teach your teens about adjusting their speeds based on the road and weather conditions, such as using a cautious speed at night and driving slower in bad weather.
Driving at Night
Monitor your teen’s driving at night until they are comfortable. They should always slow down and drive with caution at night. Unlike adults, teens are unable to appreciate and avoid hazards as quickly; therefore, they should practice driving at night as much as possible.
Exhibit the Right Behaviors Yourself
Parents can only expect from their teen drivers what they do themselves. If you have a teen driver, make sure you always exhibit your best behaviors behind the wheel as well. That means never talking or texting on your phone while driving, avoiding other distractions, obeying posted speed limits and never engaging in risky or reckless behavior with your teen in the car.
Teen drivers gain most of their behaviors from their parents; therefore, you must lead by example and show your teen the safest, most responsible way to drive.
Involved in an Accident? Contact an Attorney
If your teen was involved in an accident or you were in an accident caused by a reckless teen driver, contact a car accident attorney right away. The attorneys at Hancock Injury Attorneys can assess your case over a free consultation and help determine if you are entitled to compensation. To get started, contact us online or call us at 813-915-1110 to schedule your appointment.