This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Parents of teen drivers are naturally always concerned about teens driving safely and avoiding auto accidents, but this week is a good reminder to talk to your teen about staying safe behind the wheel with these tips in mind:
- Always wear a seatbelt. Seatbelts saved over 75,000 lives between 2004-2008, and in a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of teens said they wore a seat belt because parents had demonstrated the good behavior from their early years onward.
- Never use a cell phone while driving. Studies have shown that cell phone use by driving for any age group is extremely dangerous. A variety of apps have been developed to help your turn curb their cell phone use while behind the wheel.
- Discourage groups of teens in the car. A teen driver's risk of crashing increases 48% with one other teen passenger in the car and 307% with three or more teen passengers. Leave the carpooling alone until they have more experience.
Don't be afraid to talk about the consequences of poor driver behaviors. It could save their life.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact The Gilbert Law Group® today or call (303) 431-1111 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys. Based in the Denver area, we serve clients nationwide.