Keeping Teen Drivers Safe: Parents Hold the Keys
Learning to drive is an exciting rite of passage for Texas teens – but it also increases their risk of injury in a car accident. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On average, seven teens lose their lives from car accident injuries every day. Teen drivers are also three times more likely than older drivers to suffer a fatal collision.
The good news is that many teen driving accidents can be prevented. Parents play one of the biggest roles in helping young drivers learn to transport themselves safely. Many experienced Waco car accident lawyers who have teenage drivers use these safety tips to make their own kids safer drivers.
When your teen takes the wheel:
- Set ground rules first. Driving is a privilege. Make your teen’s access to a vehicle dependent on their ability to follow some key safety rules. Require seat belts at all times, prohibit cell phone use while driving, and set curfew hours and destinations to help teens stay safer on the road.
- Know the laws. Texas, like other states, has specific rules about teen driving, including rules about seat belt use and cell phone use. Make sure you and your teen know what rules apply, and stick to them.
- Be a role model. Studies show that teens are more likely to practice safe driving habits when their parents also drive safely. Model all the safe driving practices you want your teen driver to follow, including seat belt use and good defensive driving habits.
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