Teenage drivers are the most likely age group to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely than drivers over 20 to be involved in a fatal accident. With numbers like this, it is no wonder that many safety campaigns target teen drivers and how they can put their safety first.
Good Habits for Teenage Drivers
The good news is that teenage driver crashes are largely preventable. With a few helpful habits, these young drivers can avoid deadly and dangerous accidents.
If you have a teenager, work on adopting these driving tips:
- Maintain a safe distance from vehicles to avoid rear end collisions
- Drive the appropriate speed limit, such as going slower in poor weather conditions
- Limit the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle, if there must be any at all
- Never drink alcohol and get behind the wheel
- Always wear a seatbelt, even when riding in the back seat of a car
- Avoid using cell phones to call, text, or use the internet when behind the wheel
- Slow when approaching a yellow light instead of speeding through the intersection
- Keep music at a low level
Part of the way to ensure that a teenager is following these good driving habits is to constantly reinforce good driving habits, no matter how small. Adopting safe driving habits will help teenagers get beneficial driving experience that will be to their long-term benefit.
Parents play a large role in their teenager's safety on the road. A new driver will mimic the driving habits they have been exposed to. Road safety starts with the parents, and enforcing good driving habits through a child's life can help reduce the risk of a fatal car crash when a teenager is behind the wheel.