Teenagers earning their driver’s license is one of the biggest milestones in their young-adult lives. Just because they have their license, it does not mean a teen driver is incapable of causing an accident. One out of every four car accidents is the result of a 16-year-old driver’s actions. Following these important safety tips can make a difference in whether a teenager can avoid getting in a car accident.
Obey the speed limit
Driving too fast reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to unexpected events. Speeding also increases the severity of any injuries that happen in a car accident. Even going only a few extra mph can turn a catastrophic injury into a wrongful death.
Do not drive under the influence
Any alternative is a better option than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is better to call a friend, a rideshare service, or even your parents than it is to get behind the wheel while you cannot safely drive. A temporary punishment far outweighs a permanent death.
Use proper turn signals
Even if you think they are not necessary, always use proper turn signals. These signals are your only way of communicating with drivers around you to ensure that they are aware of what movements you are trying to make and help protect you from other drivers colliding with your vehicle.
Put down your cell phone
If you use your cell phone for GPS services, set up your GPS before you start driving. Any time you spend looking at your phone when you should be looking at the road is the same as driving with a blindfold on for hundreds of yards or more. Texts and phone calls can wait, so if you do not need it, put your phone in your glove compartment to keep it from distracting you.
Eating while driving, fixing your appearance behind the wheel, and too many passengers in the car can all create enough of a distraction for a young driver to cause a car accident. Even playing music too loud can prevent a driver from hearing something they need to be aware of behind the wheel. And eliminating unnecessary distractions can help you stay safe on the roads this year.