Parent Involvement Encourages Safe Teen Driving

Parent Involvement Encourages Safe Teen Driving

24October,2016
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Teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident. There is a way for teens to practice safe driving. 

The number one cause of U.S. teen death is traffic collisions. This may be due to the fact that they are more vulnerable to distractions and are more likely to text and drive.  In fact, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you text and drive, which leads some to believe that texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.  Here are a few tips on how parents, can prevent dangerous driving practices of their teenagers.

Intervention = Prevention

Inexperience: Teenagers are more likely to get into a crash during the first six months after receiving their license. A parent can help their teen with inherent problems while driving and how to become a good defensive driver by riding with them at least 30 to 50 hours once they are licensed.

Passengers: Teens like to show off to their friends, so the more passengers, the more chances of an accident. Parents should limit their teen’s passengers to zero or, at the most, one.

Seat Belts: Seat belts are required to be worn by all drivers and have been proven to save lives.  This is nonnegotiable with teen drivers and their passengers.

Distractions: In order to prevent distractions, teens and their passengers should turn their phones off when they get into the car. For parents, there are cell phone applications that can monitor your teen’s driving patterns and location.

To protect you and your teen let’s be sure a proper auto insurance policy is in place. For all of your insurance coverage questions, please contact your team at Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks, California. We are happy to be of service!