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How to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe Behind the Wheel

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By admin on September 27, 2018

If you have a teen driver in your home you know the concern behind the wheel is real! It is statistically proven that teen drivers tend to be more impulsive and distracted than other drivers. Couple those tendencies with the fact they are more inexperienced drivers and teenagers are more likely to be involved in collisions than any other demographic, which also means that they are more expensive to insure.

Not only is your teen’s safety behind the wheel paramount, so is the safety of others sharing the road with them. That’s why it’s important to teach a few vital facts about the rules of the road. When it comes to your teen driver, it can be hard to get your message across. Sometimes, highlighting hard truths is the most effective way to ensure your teen is listening and actually absorbs the information you are sharing.

Talk to your teen driver about the following rules of the road to put everyone at ease the next time he or she takes to the streets.

Distractions are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. 

Distracted drivers can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Texting, talking on the phone, talking to passengers, eating, and even adjusting the knobs on the car stereo are all things that can take a driver’s focus off the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, 3,450 people were killed as a result of distracted driving. Don’t let your teen become another statistic!

Weather conditions can make driving treacherous.

Rain, snow, sleet, and wind can make driving treacherous and result in serious crashes. Driving through inclement weather takes practice and caution. Illustrate the importance of pulling over or staying put if the weather is too severe.

Obey traffic laws.
Teens often think they are invincible or perhaps laws don’t pertain to them. As a result, they tend to ignore the rules of the road, including speed limits, red lights, and stop signs. Stress to your teen the importance of obeying traffic laws. Not only will it reduce the risk of an accident or being pulled over, but it also keeps everyone safe on the road.

If you need quality collision repairs, call us at 419.841.2525 or stop by the shop Monday through Friday between 8 am to 5 pm, 7939 W Central Avenue, Toledo, OH  43617.