Teens face an uphill battle when it comes to driving. They lack experience, naturally, and this means that they make more mistakes. As a result, they have the highest fatal accident rate in the country. No other age group gets into these deadly crashes quite as often as teenagers.
As such, reducing fatalities on the road often starts with educating teens about how they can drive safely and what they can do to lower the odds of a crash every time they get behind the wheel. Here are some safety tips that may help.
Turn off the phone
Distracted driving often results from cellphone use, as it’s very dangerous to use the phone in the car for almost any purpose. Even doing something useful like operating a GPS could be distracting enough to cause an accident. Texting while driving and using social media should never happen.
Don’t drive with friends
Another common form of distraction for teenagers is having their friends in the car with them. It is best if they drive alone – or with parents – so that they can focus on skills and safety while they develop their abilities.
Turn down the music
Other studies have found that driving with music can lead to aggressive driving, speeding and other risky behaviors. It also leads to more driving errors. It is best to drive in silence, or at least while listening to soft and calming music. Many teens will listen to fast rock or pop music, which can influence how they drive.
Never drive under the influence
Teens need to remember that zero-tolerance laws mean that they cannot drive after having any amount of alcohol. The legal limit for them is not 0.08%, as it is for most adults. Any amount of alcohol will put them over the limit. Teens should never drive in this condition.
People face serious risks on the road every day. Those who have been injured by the negligent actions of other drivers – whether they be teens or experienced road travelers – also need to know what options they have in the event of a crash.