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Teen drivers may become more careless over time

Parents with new teenage drivers know the terror that comes with the event, even as the teenager is thrilled about his newfound freedom. Because teenagers do not have the same experience on the road, they are often involved in car accidents that cause serious injuries.

A 2014 study showed that while teenagers started their driving years carefully and cautiously, they were more likely to become distracted over time. Whether they were texting, calling or just talking to passengers, teenage drivers were more likely to become careless after six months of driving.

Ways to keep your teen driver safe

As your teen sets off on the road for the first time, he must be informed of how careless driving behaviors can affect him and those around him. Some ways that parents can help to keep teens safe on the road include:

  •          Restrict night driving, as almost two-thirds of fatal accidents involving 16-year-old drivers occur at night when excessive speed is an even greater issue.
  •          Teen are more likely to engage in risky behaviors when they have friends or passengers in the car, so limit the passengers until your teen is more comfortable driving.
  •          Statistics show that teens who own their own vehicles are more likely to speed and be reckless, so it may be a good idea to have your driver share a car.
  •          Parents should stay as involved as possible in the driving process, taking rides with your kid on a regular basis to go over rules and correct problems.
  •          Be a good role model for your teen when you are driving. Avoid road rage, speeding or reckless driving behaviors that he may copy.
  •          Have frank discussions with your child about how ignoring the laws and limits can affect his life and the lives of others.

What if you are injured?

With so many teens on the road whose parents may not be enforcing the rules, you could easily be involved in an accident with a teen driver. If you have been injured in such an incident, seek the advice of an attorney.

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