Teenage drivers cause more auto accidents than people in any other age group. This can be attributed to a general inexperience behind the wheel and an overall sense of invincibility. Teens very rarely believe that anything will happen to them or their friends, and they believe that driver’s education gives them all of the training they need to be experts on the road.
Neither of these things are true, of course. Teens are not invincible, and a few months of driver’s education does little but teach children the basic mechanics of driving and the laws in their state. As more students drive to school this year in North Carolina, here are five tips that will help keep teens safe when they get behind the wheel.
1. Turn Off the Phone
Even adults have a difficult time not reaching for their phone if it rings or an alert sounds. Put your phone in your purse, in the glove box or even in the backseat. Don’t be tempted to use it for any reason while you are behind the wheel.
Headlights increase a vehicle’s visibility even when the sun is out. Teens should always drive with their headlights on to make their car easy to see. Don’t rely on a vehicle’s automatic light system to control your headlights for you.
3. Don’t Speed
Speed limits are put in place for a reason. They tell you what speed is safe for the are you are driving in. Avoid the temptation to speed, no matter how big of a hurry you are in. Get in the habit of leaving your house five or 10 minutes early so you are sure to get where you are going on time.
4. Drive Alone
Teenagers should not drive with a car full of people and, in some states, it is actually illegal to do so. Passengers should be kept to a minimum when a teenager is behind the wheel.
5. Minimize Distractions
When you are behind the wheel, your sole focus should be on driving. Eating, using a cell phone, drinking, grooming and anything else that takes your focus off of the road ahead should be avoided at all times.
Teenage drivers are no inept, they are simply inexperienced. That inexperience means that teens don’t react to emergency or unexpected situations like a more experienced driver would. If your teen is getting behind the wheel for the first time, share this article with them and use it to establish house rules.
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