As an age group, teens are the worst drivers, with the highest crash risk per mile traveled of any other driver age group. And the worst of the worst are the beginners – the 16-year-olds who are inexperienced and whose immaturity leads to greater risk taking.
So what can parents do to help protect their teen drivers? Here are some suggestions from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
Don’t rely solely on driver education. Spend some time in the car with your teenage driver and teach them how to drive safely. Play an active role and supervise practice driving.
Enforce restrictions. Texas has a graduated license system, so make sure you are familiar with the laws on when your teen can and cannot drive and enforce those rules.
Restrict driving at night. Most fatal crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Restrict passengers. A carload of friends is an almost guaranteed distraction, and an accident waiting to happen.
Require safety belt use. Insist your teen buckle up at all times. Make it a requirement for them to drive.
Prohibit alcohol or drug use. It’s dangerous and it’s illegal.
Choose the right vehicle. Think safety, not image. Avoid giving teen drivers a vehicle that may roll easier than other vehicles, that is too sporty and might encourage speeding, or that is too small to offer good protection. Make sure it has the latest safety features, including side airbags and electronic stability control.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.