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5 Tips for Teen Driving Awareness Month

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Defensive Driving Techniques to Teach Early On

Teaching safe driving techniques to your teen can seem stressful, but there are many easy ways that they can incorporate safer practices early on. This Teen Driver Awareness Month, take the time to share these five tips with the teen drivers in your life and help them improve roadway safety.

#1. Drive a Safe Speed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 27% of car crashes involving drivers aged 15-18 have speed as a factor. Driving safe speeds is a crucial component of roadway safety, and all drivers should be mindful of how this can affect their driving ability.

#2. Avoid Driving at Night

Driving at night has increased risks for any driver, but teens (16-19 years old) are nearly three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash at nighttime than adults aged 30-59. If able, avoid driving at night to reduce the risk of a crash, especially on weekends.

#3. Limit Distractions

Distracted driving has quickly risen to one of the most frequent causes of crashes across the United States, but drivers with less experience may be more at-risk. Storing handheld electronic devices, limiting the number of passengers in the car, and avoiding eating while driving are safe and easy solutions that can be implemented early on.

#4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Drivers, especially teens, should actively scan the road ahead and check their blind spots to increase awareness of potential hazards. If driving in rural areas, it is also crucial to be cautious of animals that may unexpectedly jump into the roadway.

#5. Keep a Safe Stopping Distance

Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is essential, and this can be simple by using the "three-second rule." In this method, you can pick a stationary object like a sign or post, have the vehicle in front of you pass it, and then count how long it takes for you to reach it. If you are at the object quicker than three seconds, you are likely driving too close to the car in front of you.

It's also important to note that stopping distance should increase when inclement weather conditions are present. If there is low visibility or heavy precipitation, consider driving slower and increase your spacing.

Klein Frank, P.C. is dedicated to helping you keep the roads safer by holding negligent individuals accountable for the injuries they cause. If you need legal assistance for a car accident claim, call (303) 448-8884 to schedule a free consultation today.

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