Safety Tips for Your Teen Driver.

By: Thomas Rosquin

If you think you are overreacting every time your teen asks for the keys, don't worry, you have a very good reason to freak out!? According to the Institute for Highway Safety, 16-year olds get into accidents almost 10x's more often than other drivers.? Many things account for this huge gap in accident rates.?

Driver inexperience is a major contributing factor.? To help your teen become a good driver, it is imperative to teach them the basic foundation of Driver Education.? This encompasses practicing the correct driving skills, and knowing the traffic laws.

Another factor is immaturity; young drivers take unnecessary risks such as speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and aggressive driving.? Be a good role model for your teen practicing safe driving techniques.

So now that your teen has graduated from a permit to their license, it's time to buy a car.

Purchase a car that is cheap and has an outstanding crash rating.? Heavy cars do much better in an accident than small lightweight cars.? And you can bet that your teen will get into at least one fender bender.?

Enrolling your teen into a good defensive driving course will equip them with the necessary skills to avoid accidents.?

Make sure that your teen understands the forces involved in car crashes.? Explain to them that while your car has a crumple zone to soften crashes that occur at high rates of speed, your Skull has no such device to soften the impact your brain will make at these speeds.? Therefore teach them to always wear a seatbelt.

Finally, tell them NO to cell phones and friends.? According to MADD; "teen driving crash rates increase by 50% with just one teen passenger in the car, and by 400% with three or more teen passengers," and the same hold true for those talking on cell phones.

In conclusion please remember that 63% of teenage deaths occur as a result of automobile accidents!

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