Driving allows teens to be more independent, which is why most of them are eager to learn how to drive. However, studies have shown that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who are over the age of 20. January is Teen Driver Awareness Month, and there are many things teens can do to stay safe while they are driving:
Teen drivers often speed, and this increases the risk of being involved in an accident. Studies have shown that speeding plays a role in 37 percent of fatal accidents involving male drivers between the ages of 16 and 20. That is why you will need to talk to your teen about obeying the speed limit. You should also tell them they should drive slower when the weather is bad.
No Drinking And Driving
It is illegal in every state to consume an alcoholic beverage if you are under the age of 21. However, many teens do drink alcohol, and some of them drive after they have been drinking. Teen drivers are more likely to get into an accident after drinking because they are inexperienced and alcohol impairs driving ability. Let your teen know that drinking and driving has consequences, and it will not be tolerated.
Select The Right Car
Many parents purchase older cars for their teens in order to save money. However, it is important to remember that older cars probably do not have side curtain airbags, electronic stability control and other important safety features. That is why you will need to consider the safety features before you purchase a car for your teen.
People who wear a seat belt greatly reduce their chances of being killed in an accident. Make sure you tell your teen a seat belt should be worn at all times while driving.