Teen Accidents: Collision Prevention Tips
Tip #1: Invest in Driver’s Education
Thirty-two states in the US require driver’s ed for new drivers under 18. Some states like California and Louisiana require teen drivers to receive at least 30 hours of actual classroom training. Arizona allows teenage drivers to avoid formal training and instead drive a minimum of 30 hours. Because of this loophole, many Arizona parents prefer to skip paying for driver’s ed and just teach their teens themselves. This is a costly mistake.
Recent stats show that teen drivers who have not completed driver’s ed are 24 percent more likely to die in an accident. They also have a much higher chance (75%) of receiving a traffic ticket. Enrolling in driver’s ed teaches young drivers the rules of the road and helps prevent teen accidents. The 100 to 300 dollars you will spend paying for the course is a huge investment in teen safety.
Tip #2: No Distractions
Distractions are one of the leading causes of car accidents among all drivers. A teen accident often involves driving distractors, particularly cell phones. Talking on the phone causes millions of car crashes every year. Texting causes thousands of fatal collisions as well. Parents and driver ed instructors can preach about the danger of using the phone while driving.
Still, many teens will continue to give in to the temptation to text or talk on the phone. Leaving parents wondering what they can do to prevent teen accidents caused by distractions.
Tip #4: Talk About Accidents
Even if your child is a great driver, a car crash could still happen. Teen accidents are an unfortunate risk, and all motorists need to know what to do if involved in a collision. Sit down and create a collision action plan with your teen so that he or she will be prepared. In this plan, make sure you include emergency numbers, including the towing company and preferred auto body shops.
Hopefully, they will never have to use it. But if your teen is involved in an accident, please reach out to Orlando Auto Body at 480-485-4653. We’d be happy to walk you through the steps of having your vehicle repaired and getting you back on the road.
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