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5 Important Ground Rules for Teen Drivers

Posted By Montee Law Firm || 16-Nov-2015

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.

  1. 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 driving blindfolded.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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