10 TIPS FOR PREVENTING TEEN ACCIDENTS
Too many teenagers are injured in car accidents in Florida either because of their own negligence, the negligence of their friends, or the negligence of another person. If you are a teenager involved in a Florida car accidents, your parents should consult with an attorney who handles car accident cases. Also, if you have been injured to the negligence of a teenager, it is crucial that you talk with a lawyer because there may be additional coverage depending on who owned the car that caused the car accident. Attorney Matthew Noyes’ law firm has been representing persons injured in Florida car accidents for over 52 years. To get more information on Attorney Matthew Noyes and/or his law firm, simply click here.
I don’t always agree with what insurance companies say. However, I do agree with the following 10 tips that GEICO feels may prevent car accidents involving teenagers:
- Develop the right attitude about driving: Because many teen car accidents are a result of attitude and maturity, teenagers should make a commitment to practice a responsible attitude about driving.
- Get as much supervised practice driving as possible: Practice makes perfect. Parents should make a firm schedule with their teenager for driving instruction. This should continue even after the teenager gets their license.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Underage drinking and drug use is illegal: It’s stupid, don’t do it!
- Limit your passengers: The risk of a fatal crash increases with every additional passenger. When you’re a new driver, it’s best to limit your number of passengers.
- Limit your night driving: The risk of a fatal car accident is three times higher at night.
- Keep it slow and safe for starters: Fast-moving, high volumes of traffic can make a teen feel uncomfortable, so avoid them until the teen can get enough supervised driving experience.
- Train for poor weather conditions: In Florida, it can sunny one minute and pouring rain the next minute. Give the teen supervised practice driving in poor weather before he or she tries it on their own.
- Cell phones are for emergency use only on the road: One of the worst habits anyone can get into is talking on a cell phone while driving. Also, text messaging during driving can be deadly. if you must use a cell phone while driving, get a hand-free device or Bluetooth device so both hands can be on the steering wheel.
- Drive a safe vehicle: If you are thinking about getting your teen their own car, look for one with high safety ratings. Check out federal statistics and safety rating before you put your teen in a 3,000+ pound of fast-moving metal.
As a father of a teenager, I worry every time my daughter gets behind the wheel. Not because she is a bad driver, but because there are so many other bad drivers on the road. I know how traumatic a car accident can be–I have been there. I would never want my daughter to suffer the pain I did like thousands of other people in Florida who are injured because of car accidents.