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Tips to Make Your Teen a Safer Driver

For parents, watching your teen hit the all-important milestone of finally being able to drive can be a bittersweet moment. You are undoubtedly proud of their growth, but also likely concerned for their wellbeing and safety. While there is no substitute for the wisdom that age and earned experience that comes with time and practice, you can still take some effective measures to ensure your teen is a safer driver and is not posing a danger to others or to himself or herself.

Below are some helpful tips to make your teen a safer driver:

1.Turn off the phone and keep it out of sight: For teens, this often seems like a tall order, but the fact is that distracted driving is dangerous and affects drivers of all ages. Although cell phones are not the only tempting distraction, they are the most common source of accidents that involve distracted driving, particularly among teens. You can also set a good example for your teens by putting your cell phone away while driving.

2.Obey the speed limit: Speeding is another common cause of car accidents on roadways across the country and teens are especially guilty of engaging in this reckless habit. When riding with your teen driver, be sure to point out any incidents of excessive speed so they become accustomed to monitoring themselves.

3.Zero alcohol tolerance: Although teen drivers are much less likely than adults are when it comes to making the poor decision to drink and drive, they are more affected when they do. Impress the importance of not drinking to your teen and make sure you discuss the consequences that could result from having even one drink.

4.Make seatbelts a habit: An overwhelming number of drivers still neglect to wear their seatbelts, including teen drivers. The consequences of failing to do so can be disastrous, however, so make sure you ingrain this habit into your teen driver, so it becomes second nature.

5.Always maintain a safe following distance: A good rule of thumb regarding following distance is that for every 10 miles per hour of speed, a driver should keep about one car length between his or her vehicle and the vehicle ahead. This allows plenty of time to avoid unexpected obstacles on the road.

6.Watch the weather: Even the most experienced drivers should watch out for the weather and avoid driving in poor conditions. Teens should be particularly cautious given that they tend to lack experience when it comes to dealing with difficult conditions like snow, ice, or fog. If they must drive during bad weather, teach them to compensate for these conditions by reducing speed and increasing following distance.

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If you were injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have a right to pursue compensation for your injuries. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, our Oneonta personal injury team will fight on your behalf to help you get back on your feet. When you choose to work with us, you can rest assured your best interests will be represented. Do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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