Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe by Setting Four Rules When They Drive

It can be difficult to hand over the keys to your car to your teenager for a variety of reasons. Not only are you witnessing their development right in front of your eyes, but you are also granting them freedom, and that freedom may come at a cost to you.

Automobile accidents are, in fact, the greatest cause of mortality among teenagers. However, the good news is that by encouraging them to follow these four recommendations, their chances of being involved in a fatal vehicle accident will be significantly decreased. Keep reading to learn more and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you or your teen suffers an injury in a car accident.

  1. Sticking to the Speed Limit
  2. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed was a factor in nearly one out of every three car-related juvenile deaths in the United States last year. Teaching your children that they do not have to keep up with traffic if it is going too quickly can benefit them in the future. Inform them that obeying the speed limit not only makes them safer, but it also means they will avoid receiving a ticket that could jeopardize their ability to continue driving – not to mention raising their insurance rates for years to come.

  3. No Passengers Allowed
  4. This may be a difficult one since teenagers want their buddies to ride along with them in their automobile. A youngster, on the other hand, is 2.5 times more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident if they are driving with other people than if they are driving by themselves.

    The danger increases exponentially with each extra person you bring inside the vehicle. Your teenagers should learn that driving is not a good time to socialize because it puts them in danger.

  5. No Tolerance for Drunk or Drugged Driving
  6. One out of every five juvenile drivers who died in vehicle accidents in 2016 had been drinking at the time of the accident. Teens are the most probable group of persons to die in a drunk driving accident. Make sure your kid understands that they should never drink and drive, but also make sure they understand what is not involved in the situation.

    For example, certain prescription medications can make them unable to operate a motor vehicle. The fact that they are driving when drowsy indicates that they are intoxicated and should not be behind the wheel.

  7. No Talking or Texting While Driving
  8. The Journal of Adolescent Health published research in which it was discovered that two out of every five questioned teenagers admitted to occasionally texting or sending emails while driving. According to research, every time a person sends a text while driving, they are taking their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This is lengthy enough to drive the length of a football field. Teens who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

While the aim is to minimize the incidence of teen accidents by a substantial amount, nothing can completely avoid them. If your teen is involved in an accident and you require legal assistance, please call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to speak with a personal injury lawyer.