Motor vehicle collisions are the most significant cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teens have a much higher risk of obtaining injuries from automobile accidents than any other demographic.
Avoiding mishaps on the road is the best way to prevent serious injuries.
Prevent teen motor vehicle crashes
Before giving your teen the car keys, make sure they know essential accident prevention skills.
Eliminate driving distractions
Some ways to reduce diversions include:
- Turning off cell phones while driving
- Utilizing a text-blocking app or feature while the car is in motion
- Limiting the number of passengers
- Following the teen driving restrictions in your state
- Avoiding music selection changes while driving
- Beginning GPS directions before starting the car
- Prohibiting eating or drinking while operating the vehicle
Wear seat belts
Make sure young drivers know that everyone in the car must wear a seat belt at all times to prevent potential life-altering injuries.
Obey speed limits
Speeding causes many motor vehicle accidents and bodily damages. Ensure your teen understands the dangers of driving too fast.
Never drive after consuming alcohol
Alcohol slows reaction times and impairs judgment. Teens have limited driving experience, making any amount of alcohol a potentially severe danger on the road.
Know what to do after an accident
Teach your teens to protect their rights following a crash. Remind them not to apologize or discuss who is at fault with the other driver. Have them check if anyone has injuries and call the police to report the incident. They should exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver and take photos of both cars.
When you teach your teen how to avoid accidents and what steps to take if a crash occurs, you protect them from potential injuries and resulting legal and financial consequences.