Teenagers are the most likely to get involved in car accidents. In fact, they are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older adults. If your teenager just got their license, make sure that they are driving safely. Here are some tips for preventing teenage car accidents.
Encourage Safe Driving
Only let them drive the car if they promise to put on their seat-belt before driving. In addition, prohibit the use of their cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is one of the main causes of vehicle accidents, and many teens will want to text or check social media while driving. One idea is to limit the data and texts on their phone plan, which will cause them to be more careful about using up their data.
If your teenager wants to use your car or a car you got them, make it a condition that they don’t drink, ever. Underage drinking is not safe anyways.
Limit Driving With Other Passengers
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when a teen is driving, each additional passenger increases the chance of an accident. This is because friends can distract your teenager. In addition, they are more likely to try to act “cool” by driving recklessly if they have friends in the car. Limit your teen’s ability to drive with friends until they can prove that they are a safe driver.
Teach Them Safe Driving Skills
Make sure your teenager has enough practice before they get their license. In addition, let them practice with you in various driving situations, such as at night, in the rain, or in the snow. This will make sure that they know how to drive safely in all weather conditions.
If your teenager gets into an accident, make sure to contact us for legal help right away.