According to the Center for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. With Halloween approaching, there’s no thought more frightening than a car full of young and inexperienced drivers on the road. This is why Lamar Law Office, LLC prides itself on educating families and promoting safety tips to help your teen “arrive alive.”
For many teens, getting your driver’s license is a rite of passage, joyously hallmarking your transition into adulthood. Most teens across the country are required to learn the rules of the road and pass an exam before receiving their license, but often times the education needed to become better drivers stops there. Recent studies support that the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. Therefore, parents should think twice before handing over their keys to teen drivers without proper guidance.
Don’t drive distracted. Don’t drink and drive. Buckle Up. Obey the speed limit. These are all things we hear on public service announcements because they are the leading causes of teen crashes. It is a well-known fact that younger drivers take risks behind the wheel and are even more likely to exhibit risky driving habits when they are in the car with other teens. Whether it’s driving under the influence, reckless driving, or the lack of critical thinking behind the wheel, factors such as these make teens more likely to lose their lives in a car accident.
As a parent, the influence and education starts with you. It is important to understand what you can do to keep your new driver safe. By raising awareness in your home, setting the example and teaching teens how to prevent accidents, teens can avoid making fatal mistakes on the road. If you feel like your teen needs more practice or could use some reinforcement, driver’s education programs can also provide the support parents need. Your teen may not be ready to drive the family sedan, and that’s ok. The best option is to continue pushing them to get as much experience as possible, with your supervision.