The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that car accidents are the top cause of death for American teenagers. Approximately 2,700 teens died in auto accidents in 2010, and over 280,000 suffered injuries. The same report suggests that teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers in their 20s. If you’re a parent, you should protect your teen driver from common accidents by discussing the following risk factors:
Failure to Scan
Scanning, or constantly monitoring one’s surroundings, is an important skill for defensive drivers. Unfortunately, many teen drivers either forget to scan or haven’t been properly taught. As a result, these teen drivers fail to recognize and react to threats on the road. Additional guidance from a professional driving teacher can help teen drivers improve their scanning and stay safe behind the wheel.
Though most teen drivers know that speeding is dangerous, peer pressure and inexperience lead many of them to ignore posted speed limits. For example, teen drivers with little experience in wet conditions are more likely travel at high speeds and lose traction. New drivers can prepare themselves for wet roads and other adverse driving conditions by paying close attention during their driving lessons.
Modern teenagers are rarely seen without mobile phones, mp3 players, or other handheld electronics. Unfortunately, a convenient gadget can become a dangerous distraction behind the wheel. For safety’s sake, you should make sure your teen knows to keep his or her handheld devices properly stowed while driving, since this risky behavior can lead to an expensive traffic ticket, or worse, an accident.
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