For most teens, a driver’s license is an exciting rite of passage and one step closer to independence. Parents are not always as enthusiastic about the occasion – and with good reason. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20.
Teen drivers are involved in more car accidents than any other age group. Teens become better drivers with time and experience behind the wheel. The following safety reminders will help teens reach their destination safe and sound.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than half of crashes involving teens are distracted driving accidents. Common driving distractions include: interacting with a passenger, texting while driving, and looking for something in the car.
Driving without looking at the road ahead is like driving blindfolded. Teens cannot see or react in time to avoid a serious—or even fatal—collision. Teens should not play with the radio, put on makeup, use their phones, or turn to talk to friends while driving. Staying alert is the easiest way to prevent accidents and save lives.
Maintain a Safe Vehicle
Whether your teen’s first car is brand new off the lot – or an older car with a few more miles, every teen needs to keep their car well-maintained. Tires, fluids, and brakes should be professionally inspected and serviced frequently. Headlights and windshield wipers should also be checked on a regular basis. Accidents caused by defective or worn parts are largely preventable.
Obey the Speed Limit
AAA also reported that speed was a factor in 4,200 of the nearly 14,000 fatal crashes involving teens in the past five years. Teens are at a stage of neurological development where they are more inclined to take risks without considering the consequences. It is the job of parents, educators, law enforcement, and safety advocates to stress the importance of obeying the speed limit. Teens need to learn how the speed limit is affected by road conditions, weather changes, and traffic patterns.
Prepare for Emergencies
Teaching teens what do if they are involved in an accident or their car breaks down is crucial for their safety. Every teen’s car should include an emergency kit stocked with water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, jumper cables, and blankets. After an accident, teens should remain calm, move a drivable car safely out of traffic, and contact the police.
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Victims injured in car accidents caused by another driver’s recklessness should contact a Delaware County accident lawyer at McCann & Wall, LLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 215-569-8488 or complete our online form.