Driving Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
Teenage drivers are the most inexperienced motorists on the road, so it should come as no surprise that they account for more accidents than any other age group. However, parents can help protect their teens by identifying important safety tips and leading by example. If you’re training your teen to become a safe driver, drill these tips into their head whether you’re together behind the wheel or discussing driving privileges at the dinner table.
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Phone-related distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents and fatalities for teen drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teens are six times more likely to get in an accident while dialing a phone number and 23 times more likely to get in a crash while texting. Because of the massive increase in traffic collisions, banning phones or locking them in the glove box while driving are two obvious decisions that can keep your teen safe.
In the same NHTSA study, researchers discovered that teen drivers were two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in an accident with a peer in the car. While many Graduated Driver License programs address these issues with specific laws, the idea of going somewhere with a friend or friends is often too tempting for your teen to pass up.
Discuss the potential legal backlash with your teen, and you may also want to implement a series of motivational rewards for time spent behind the wheel.
Follow the Speed Limit
A recent AAA study shows that from 2011 to 2016, teens were involved in over 14,000 fatal accidents, and of these incidents, 30 percent were the result of speeding. However, the research also found that driver’s ed classes and instructors weren’t to blame. Instead, the study pointed to parents. If parents don’t follow speed limits, their children are far less likely to do the same. Illustrate the importance of following the speed limit to your teen by setting an example. If your teen is a bit more daring, don’t be afraid to use your vehicle’s onboard teen driving mode or a speed limiter to fix the problem.
No Driving Under the Influence
Although drinking and drugs are prohibited by law, that doesn’t stop many teens from partaking. Data shows that 16 percent of fatal accidents are the result of driving under the influence, making it one of the deadliest things teens can do. The problem is that trust plays a huge factor in convincing your teens not to drink and drive. If they’ve had even one drop, explain that calling you is a far better alternative and a lesson that makes a huge impact on their future decisions.
Even if you’re a superb driving teacher and give your teens all the knowledge to become expert drivers, their lack of experience will always play a factor when they’re behind the wheel. If they’re involved in a fender bender, however, don’t worry. Herb’s Paint & Body has over 60 years in the auto collision repair business, and we’re always ready to tackle your vehicle’s cosmetic issues. Give us a call today at 1-877-564-3727.Categories: Safety