One of the defining moments of adolescence is learning how to drive – especially in Texas. Driving represents a teen’s first step to independence and adulthood. But teens often do not realize the potential risks of driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,333 teens in the United States aged 16-19 died and over 200,000 were treated in emergency rooms in 2014. That equals about six teen deaths per day.
Car accidents are the number one threat to your teen driver’s life. Here are some tips to help you keep your teen safe while driving.
- Warn your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Teenagers are especially susceptible to dangerous practices like texting and driving.
- Green means go – but not everyone follows the rules of the road. Communicate to your teen driver that before crossing an intersection, you should always look both ways. You never know when someone is going to blow a red light and you don’t want to be in the way when it happens.
- Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. It’s always better to find a parking lot or somewhere else brightly lit to take a nap than it is to continue driving when you are tired.
- Speed limits exist for a reason. Obey them and use reasonable caution when road conditions are bad.
- Accidents do happen, but unless you are involved, you should avoid being distracted by accidents. Rubbernecking slows down traffic and can contribute to more accidents.
- Make sure your teen is aware of manufacturer recalls. You can look these up online using your car’s VIN.
If you have suffered injury in a car accident, seek medical attention and discuss your case with a car accident attorney.