When your teen becomes a newly licensed driver, he or she should be aware of the dangerous consequences that can result from a driving accident. Every year, many teenagers in the U.S. are killed by fatal driving accidents. As a parent, you can help your teen learn the safe driving techniques that will make them a safe and responsible driver. Let’s examine some of the fatal mistakes made by teen drivers:
Speeding is the number one cause of fatal driving accidents for teens. Teen drivers are more likely to speed than any other group of drivers, and speeding can quickly turn into a dangerous driving situation. When a driver is speeding, it is harder to judge and respond to obstacles on the road. Speeding drivers will also tend to leave less room between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, making it harder to avoid a collision.
Not Paying Attention
Because teen drivers are less experienced than older drivers, they have a harder time noticing dangers on the road ahead. Even if your teen driver is paying attention, they may be concentrating more on their driving than looking out for danger. Many teen driving fatalities are caused because the driver was unable to respond to a dangerous road obstacle in time to avoid a collision.
Seatbelts are designed to keep the driver and passengers in a car safe and secure in the event of a collision. Teenage drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts than other drivers. In more than half of the fatal driving accidents involving teens each year, either the driver or passengers were not wearing their seatbelts.
At Top Driver, we can teach your teen driver the skills needed to drive safely and responsibly. In addition to teaching teens safe driving skills, we offer a comprehensive Parent Training Program that will help you teach your teen how to drive. To learn more about enrolling your teenager in our driver training program, call us at (888) 471-5418.