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New teenage drivers are ten times as likely to be involved in an automobile accident as middle aged drivers. In fact, 16 year olds are three times more likely to be involved in accidents as 18 year olds. Take steps to protect your teen driver from serious automobile accidents. First and foremost, make sure you teenage driver has LOTS of practice behind the wheel. Inexperience is deadly. Make sure they get practice with friends in the vehicle since it will happen sooner or later and they need to be trained not to be distracted by their friends in the car. Teach your teen not to use a cell phone for calling or texting while driving or purchase apps or devices that prevent texting or calling while the car is in motion. Be sure your teen knows how important it is to wear seat belts. And make sure they are educated about the dangers of drinking and driving. Communicate these messages early, often and don’t let up. Don’t assume that the first few months of education will stick with your teen for life. Keep lines of communication open on all these safe driving issues and mention them daily. Safety equipment and features are also important. If you can afford it, buy your teen a car with the latest safety features such as electronic stability control, side curtain airbags, parent controlled maximum speed settings, and object sensors.
Keep your teen driver as safe as possible by being a squeaky wheel about driving safety tips. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.