Summer break is weeks away, and as the weather warms up, it is only normal for teenagers to want to get behind the wheel. Although driving can be an exciting time for teenagers, it is also important for them to realize that driving requires their full attention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenage drivers have a higher risk of fatal crashes.
Tips for Your Teen Driver This Summer
The main reasons why teenagers are at a higher risk for car accidents is due to their inexperience, lack of skills, and because they are more easily distracted. It is important for parents to stress the importance of safe driving. The following are tips to keep your teen driver safe while they are operating a vehicle:
- Buckle up. Driving without your seat belt is not only illegal, but choosing not to wear one may mean the difference between life and death. Seat belts save lives and lessen your risk of fatal injuries.
- Focus on the road. While driving, it is important to avoid distractions, such as cellphone use, engaging with passengers, listening to loud music, and operating your car’s navigation system.
- Take your time. Plan out your time before getting behind the wheel. If you are going out to meet friends, plan to leave early to avoid having to rush. If you are driving through a neighborhood, avoid speeding. You never know if or when a child may run out into the street. Watch your speed and take your time.
- Adjust your driving to the weather conditions. If it is raining, be sure to use your headlights. During slippery conditions, you also want to allow enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid drinking and driving. In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. However, that does not stop teenagers from consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes have alcohol in their system.
- Be sure your vehicle is properly maintained. A vehicle that is not in proper working condition can cause an accident and even death. Make sure that the tires, lights, and brakes are in proper working condition.
What Parents Can Do to Ensure Their Teenager’s Safety
Parents of teenage drivers should talk to their teens about the importance of safe driving this summer. Have the vehicles properly inspected before teens drive them. If your teenager plans to drive somewhere they have never been before, consider driving with them before their trip, so that you both have an idea of how difficult the route is.
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Car accidents can be confusing and terrifying. If you were involved in a car accident and need representation, contact a DC car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Duane O. King. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 202-331-1963 today. Located in Washington, DC, we proudly serve clients throughout DC and Maryland.