In the United States, car accidents are the leading cause of death for
young adults ages 15 to 20. Sadly, these deaths are avoidable. Problems
like distracted driving, alcohol use, and driving without a seatbelt are
common factors in in many teen driving accidents.
Safety experts suggests laying these ground rules for your kids to make
sure they understand the importance of safe driving and the dangerous
bad driving habits.
Never use a cell phone when you drive.
Distracted driving doesn’t just “happen;” it’s
a choice. Fort teen drivers, simply talking on the phone decreases reaction
time to match that of a 70-year-old. Texting (which creates manual, cognitive,
and visual distractions), is not only comparable to driving drunk, but
Don’t drive with additional passengers.
Driving with one extra person in the car (who isn’t a parent or
guardian) is distracting. Driving with two, three, or four additional
passengers is a recipe for an accident. Talk to your kids about giving
rides to other teens and make sure they understand the importance of driving
without added distractions.
Always driver the speed limit, never faster.
Driving over the speed limit was a factor in 38 percent of fatal traffic
accidents in 2012, and many of these victims were teenage drivers. Not
only does speeding result in traffic tickets, it can lead to devastating
accidents. Make sure your child understands the importance of following
the posted limit.
Never mix driving a car and drinking alcohol.
It’s no secret: driving under the influence is
never okay. In 2010 alone, approximately 2,000 teens died in car accidents;
nearly 33% of them had traceable amounts of alcohol in their system. Even
though young drivers aren’t old enough to purchase alcohol, it is
a contributing fact in many teen driving accidents.
Always wear a seatbelt when riding in the car.
Peer pressure and other factors may convince young drivers to take risks
while driving, such as not wearing a seatbelt. In 2010, 60% of teens killed
in passenger accidents weren’t wearing seatbelts. Wearing a seatbelt
not only keeps you from suffering injuries, but allows the driver to maintain
control during emergencies.
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