Now that teens are back in school, it means a lot more time spent behind the wheel of cars as teenagers head to and from classes, sporting events and extra-curricular activities. According to the CDC, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three-times more likely to be in a fatal crash – per mile driven – than drivers 20-years or older.
Review the following information with your teenagers. Whether they’re the drivers, or the passengers, understanding of the importance of safe teenage driving can literally save lives. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident related to teenage driving, contact a Chicago car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
Understand the Risks Associated with Teen Driving
There are several factors that place teens in a higher risk bracket:
- Teens are more apt to underestimate or simply fail to recognize dangerous or hazardous driving scenarios.
- Male teenage drivers are two-times more likely to be involved in a traffic fatality than female drivers in the same age bracket.
- Teenagers are less likely to wear seat belts.
- Teen drivers speed more often than their adult driver counterparts and are also less likely to leave adequate space between their car and the car in front of them.
Simple & Effective Tips to Increase Safety for Teen Drivers & Their Passengers
A review of the above facts makes it easy to see that simple common sense can go a long way towards keeping our roadways safe for teenagers and those who share the road with them.
Here are simple tips to make your teenagers better, wiser and safer drivers.
- Teach that driving isn’t a one-&-done skill. Driving is a graduated skill-set and passing the licensing test doesn’t complete a teen’s driving education. Sit in the passenger seat regularly to re-impress valuable safety lessons on an on-going basis. The more “safe driving” is a part of the family conversation, the more important tips and factoids will “stick.”
- Make seat belts non-negotiable. 55% of teens ages 16 to 19 who died in passenger automobile crashes were not wearing seat belts. Set the tone for the entire family that seat belts should be worn at all times, by all passengers (you included!), and failure to do so will result in a loss of driving privileges.
- Sign a driving agreement. Download this Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to set specific parameters and reinforce that driving is a serious responsibility, or use it as a guideline to create your own.