Your teenager has just gotten their driver’s license and will soon
be cruising around town, enjoying their newfound independence. Not only
is this an important milestone in your child’s life, but this is
also sure to be a massive source of worry for you as a parent regarding
their safety. According to research by the Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute, this worry is for good reason – nearly one in four teen
drivers will be involved in a crash within their first six months of driving.
Addressing this issue can be a complicated matter, especially given the
way that technology has become such an integral part of modern life. As
the temptation to text while driving is at an all-time high, it is important
that parents implement certain boundaries for their teenage drivers to
keep them focused on the roads and instill safe driving habits.
The following tips can help reduce your teen’s risk of being involved
in a collision:
1. Put the phone away: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
approximately ten percent of fatal crashes involving drivers age 15 to
19 years old are caused by distracted driving. It is imperative that you
implement a no smart phone rule whenever your child is driving. No text
message is too important that it cannot wait until they have reached their
destination. One way to make sure your child does not use their phone
while driving is by teaching them to drive a manual transmission vehicle
that requires the use of both hands.
2. Turn the music down: Loud music while driving can be equally distracting and make it difficult
for your child to hear emergency sirens. Keep the volume to a minimum.
3. No passengers: Adding one nonfamily passenger to a teenager’s car increases their
risk of a crash by 44 percent, and can multiply with each additional passenger
added. This is especially true when boys ride with other boys. It is recommended
you do not allow your child to drive with other teenage passengers for
at least a year after receiving their license.
4. No alcohol: It goes without saying that you should not let your child drive with any
level of alcohol in their system. Driving while drunk is not only extremely
dangerous, but it can also cause them to find themselves in serious legal trouble.
5. Choose vehicles with advanced safety features: If you are shopping for your child’s first car and you have a flexible
budget, it is highly recommended you choose a vehicle with safety features
such as automated brakes, collision warning systems and backup cameras.
While these bells and whistles may expensive, they can do wonders to help
reduce your child’s chances of a collision and ease your worries.
Car Accident Lawyers in New York City
In the event that your child should be involved in a
car accident, a skilled New York City car accident attorney from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP can negotiate with the involved insurance companies and
fight to help you recover every penny of your deserved compensation. With various
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case is sure to be in excellent hands.
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