Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens age 15 to 20. When a teenager is driving other teens, their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident doubles. Each year, drivers under the age of 18 are involved in 900,000 car accidents. Why? Teens typically underestimate or are unable to recognize hazardous driving conditions. Drivers between the age of 16 and 17 are nearly nine times more likely to be in a car accident than middle-aged drivers. Forty percent of teen car accidents occur at night, usually before midnight. These are scary statistics for parents of teen drivers. The following are some tips for how to help your teen avoid a car accident.
How to Help Your Teen Avoid a Car Accident
Practice, Practice, Practice
The more time your teenager practices driving the better decisions they’ll be able to make on the road. In fact, a new driver’s car accident risk is three times that of a driver with experience.
Set Clear and Simple Rules
Teen drivers who have parents that are involved are twice as likely to wear a seat belt. Before your teen receives a driver’s license, you should set clear and specific rules that are fair. Discuss the details of their driving restrictions and agree on what is discussed. Clear communication will help everyone understand what is expected.
Create a Driving Contract Between Parent and Teen
After discussing your teen’s driving rules, create a driving agreement you both sign. You may want to also chart their progress, update the rules, and agree on car schedules. Then, keep the contract posted on an easily accessible place such as the refrigerator.
No Passengers Allowed at First
One of the main causes of car accidents are distractions. Other passengers, especially other teens, can be a huge distraction for new drivers. In fact, studies show each additional passenger in the car increases the likelihood of an accident.
No Distracted Driving (i.e. Texting)
11 teens are killed everyday as a result of texting and driving. Texting while driving is one of the most common causes of accidents, yet can be easily preventable. Take time to educate your teen about the dangers of texting and driving. You can also encourage them to take a pledge to never text and drive.
Driver’s Ed is essential for every new driver. Knowing and understanding the laws and regulations of driving in your state will greatly help your teen to be a better driver and lower their risk of being involved in a car accident.
Hire a Professional Driving Instructor
Along with driver’s ed, it is also a great idea to hire a professional driving instructor for your teen. A professional driving instructor has certified experience as well as other resources at their disposal that could greatly help your teen’s driving ability.
Call a Car Accident Lawyer Right Away
If your teen has been involved in a car accident, call the experienced car accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities right away! The car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results on their behalf. Hiring the car accident lawyers in Kennewick, WA at Parke Gordon Law Firm will save you time and energy while also getting you the compensation you deserve. Call (509) 582-7274 now to speak with an experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable personal injury attorney about your case during a free consultation.
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