According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16 to 17-year old drivers is almost three times the rate for motorists who are 20 years and older. This statistic can be quite unsettling if you are the parent of a teen driver. To promote teen driver safety and help you instill safe driving practices in your teen, we’ve created this list of tips.
If your teen sustains an injury in a car accident that was not their fault, reach out to our experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Begum Law Group. Call us at (866) 523-4167, or reach out online to understand your legal options.
Tips for Teen Driver Safety
By following these tips, you can help your teen drive safe on Texas roads and significantly reduce their risk of causing an accident.
Set a Good Example
As a parent, the most important thing you can do is set a good example for your teen. If your teen sees you texting or speeding while you’re behind the wheel, they’re likely to emulate these behaviors. Obey posted speed limits, avoid distractions, keep both hands on the wheel, and drive in the way you’d like your teen to drive.
Teach Your Teen How to Drive in Various Conditions
Most teens don’t have the experience necessary to drive safely in a variety of weather and road conditions. Therefore, it’s a good idea to educate your teen on how to drive in the rain, wind, and snow. You should also show them how to navigate through road construction.
Create a Driving Contract
Create a driving contract with a written set of rules for your teeth to follow while they are in the driver’s seat. A few examples of these rules are always wear your seat belt, obey all traffic laws, and eliminate all distractions.
The contract should also contain a list of consequences that your teen can expect if they violate the rules. Once your teen reads and signs the contract, they’re more likely to make safe driving a priority.
Hire a Driving Professional
Although you may know how to drive, you may not have the skills and time to teach your teen how to do so. If this is the case, consider hiring a professional driving instructor so that your teen can benefit from the additional hands-on training their driver’s ed course may not be able to provide.
While staying calm is easier said than done, it’s important. Instead of yelling at your teen and expressing your anxiety when they get a ticket or make a mistake, be patient and remember that nobody is perfect. If you’re anxious, your teen may feel anxious and make more mistakes.
Ensure Purposeful Driving
An accident is more likely to occur if your teen is simply driving around town for no reason. Before they leave the house to drive, ask them where they are going. Make sure they’re driving for a specific purpose and find out whether anyone else will be on their car and what time they’ll be home.
Be Mindful About the Car Your Teen Drives
If you’re shopping for a new or used car for your teen to drive, be sure to explore safety ratings and features. Consumer Reports recommends a vehicle with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as these features can stop a crash in its tracks. In addition to selecting a reliable car for your teen, make sure you stay on top of maintenance and repairs.
Concerned About Teen Driver Safety? Contact The Law Giant
If your teen has been hurt in a car accident that was not their fault, it is in your best interest to reach out to Begum Law Group right away. We can investigate their case and may be able to help them recover compensation for their damages. Call us at (866) 523-4167 today, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free consultation of your case.