Most teenagers can’t wait to get their driver’s license so they can have a little more freedom. But they don’t always realize what a big responsibility it is to get behind the wheel.
This is why it’s important that you make sure your teen knows the importance of the following driving tips:
- Drive alone or with a parent – Having one teenage passenger in the car can double the chance of causing a motor vehicle accident. The risk increases with each additional teen passenger.
- Don’t speed – This often plays a large role in fatal teen accidents. Drivers should never feel pressured to go above the speed limit in order to keep up with traffic, even if other drivers are zooming by.
- No cell phone while driving – Numerous studies state that talking on a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. No cell phone usage also means no texting. This form of communication takes one’s eyes off the road for at least five seconds, the amount of time it takes to drive the length of a football field.
- Learn how to drive defensively – Drivers need to be fully aware of the vehicles in front, behind, and to the side. When driving at slow speeds, maintain at least one car length behind the vehicle in front, and increase the distance when traveling at faster speeds.
If your teen sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact us. As New Jersey car accident attorneys, we will determine if there are grounds for a claim. If so, we’ll help get the settlement your child deserves.