To many teenagers, getting your driver’s license is an important rite of passage into adulthood. But with that new found freedom comes real responsibility. While the thrill and independence that comes with getting your driver’s license makes for an exciting time, it’s time to come down from the clouds. According to the American Automobile Association, teenage drivers are involved in 14% of all fatal crashes; however they only make up 7% of all American drivers. That’s a startling statistic.
The AACAP provided a list of problems that contribute to such a high crash rate:
- Driving inexperience
- Lack of adequate driving skills
- Risk taking
- Poor driving judgment and decision making
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive driving during high risk hours (11PM – 5AM)
With that being said, it’s important that safety is always at the forefront of our minds before we hand over the keys to young drivers. The AACAP went on to provide some tips for young drivers to keep them safe on the roads. Here are a few of them:
- Make sure that the young driver is adequately experienced before granting them the privilege of driving solo.
- Encourage teen to take a yearly defensive driving course to keep their skills fresh.
- Limit their driving during inclement weather and at night until they’re more experienced.
- Provide the young driver with rules and guidelines for when they can use the car and where they can drive to. Explain to the teen driver that their driving rights can be taken away if they’re irresponsible. Stick to these rules rigidly.
- Everyone in the car must wear seat belts at ALL times.
- No texting!
- No wearing headphones while driving.
- Encourage teen to never drive when feeling overtired or fatigued.
Let’s make sure we educate our children about the risks driving creates and the importance of being a cautious at all times. Accidents do happen. If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-888.GOT.HURT. You can also contact us online.