Precautions for Teen Drivers

For teen drivers, earning their license or getting a first car is very exciting. They can finally drive to school, rather than take the bus or carpool. They get to experience the freedom of driving themselves and their friends around town. For many young people, their cars are a great source of pride and responsibility. However, teen drivers can be very problematic on the roads.  Less experienced than older drivers, teens may not know all traffic laws. They are also more likely to have problems with speeding or distracted driving. In fact, according to the DMV, more than half of all teens in the United States are involved in a car accident before their high school graduation. Teen driving accidents can have tragic results for young drivers, their families, and the community.

Thankfully, experience and precautions can cut down on the number of accidents involving teen drivers. The first step to toward safer driving is choosing a safe vehicle. Teens may be tempted to judge a car by color or style. But it is also important to analyze a car’s safety features, such as brakes and airbags. Teen should research a car’s safety record before making a decision. Being informed from the very beginning is a great way to prevent accidents. It also helps to make new drivers aware of their car’s safety features.

Teen drivers should be aware of the dangers of distracted driving, and what they can to minimize distractions. This obviously includes texting and driving, but that is not the only type of distraction. Loud music, friends, or putting on makeup can also cause distracted driving. When still gaining experience, teens should try to drive alone when possible. Having a friend in the car increases the risk of an accident by 44%.

All drivers, regardless of age and experience, should be alert and aware at all times when driving. But for teen drivers, who are more likely to lose control of their car, being attentive is vital. Remind teen drivers to keep their phone out of reach, and to pull over if they need to send a text or make an important call. Teach them about the consequences of drunk, distracted, and drowsy driving.

Learning to drive or buying a first car is an incredibly exciting time in a teenager’s life. If you’re a young driver, remember to always be aware of your surroundings, and obey all Florida traffic laws. Enjoy the freedom of your new car, but do your part to keep the roads accident-free!

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The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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