Teen Drivers Back to School


Has your teenager recently received his or her license? American Research shows that teenagers are more likely to drive distracted. The Centre for Disease Control identifies danger zones most often linked to teen crashes:

  1. Driver Inexperience
  2. Driving with Teen Passengers
  3. Nighttime Driving
  4. Not Using Seat Belts
  5. Distracted Driving
  6. Drowsy Driving
  7. Reckless Driving
  8. Impaired Driving

A teenage driver is more likely to cause a crash than any other driver. As teens head back to school, here is what you can do as a parent to prevent a driving tragedy:

  1. Buy a safe vehicle.

If you are thinking of getting your teen their own car, look for one with high safety ratings. Avoid small cars and trucks.

  1. Give them as much supervised driving practice as possible.

Parents can make a firm schedule with their teen and stick to it.

  1. Set limits.

Limit the amount of night driving. The risk of a fatal crash is higher at night than it is during the day. It is better to avoid night driving if possible. Ask the teenager to return the car home by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m at the latest.

  1. Monitor Sleep.

A 2006 poll by the National Sleep Foundation reported that 45% of adolescents said they did not get sufficient sleep on school nights. Sleep deprivation in teenage drivers contributes to lack of attention, and greater risk taking.

If you, or a loved one has been injured in a car accident it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a legitimate claim. John Mickelson Law Corporation can help you acquire financial assistance and medical treatment. Our lawyers have over 20 years of personal injury experience. Call us at (604)-684-0040 for a free consultation at our Vancouver, Surrey, or Abbotsford offices.

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