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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

Teen learning to drive

Teen drivers are some of the most at-risk drivers in America. NHTSA estimates that around 2,500 teen drivers are killed in crashes every year. As new drivers, teens don’t realize the dangers of driving yet. However, with education, we can lower that number for the future.

Tips for Teen Drivers

A lot of these tips are somewhat obvious, but they need to be instilled in young drivers so that it’s always in their heads.

  • Wear your seat belt at all times.

  • Don’t speed.

  • Never drink and drive. If you’re under 21, any amount of alcohol is considered a DUI.

  • Avoid distractions like food, or cell phones.

  • Set your directions before you leave.

Driving is a dangerous and risky activity. Take the time to focus on the road, so that you can react safely to potential obstacles.

Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers

The best way to teach the teen driver in your life is to set a good example. Telling them the tips above won’t do anything if you don’t back it up with actions. Always wear your seat belt and make sure they do so as well before you drive anywhere. Don’t drive distracted and focus on the road.

Brush up on the rules of the road.

You want to seem like an authority to your teen. You might think you know all the rules, but you might have forgotten some of the more minute details and situations.

Be there for them when they want to practice.

Try your best to be available to them when they are learning. You can instill in them good habits if you are available to them.

Start slow.

Make sure you begin teaching them in a safe and secure area. Eventually, you’ll want to move onto more difficult situations but do so over time. There’s no need to rush, but don’t baby them either. If you think they’re ready, let them drive on quiet streets and get experienced with intersections. Always take time to teach them through this and be available.

If you or a loved one is ever involved in a car crash, our South Dakota car accident lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP can help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out an online contact form.