With more teenagers behind the wheel each year, it is important that parents, guardians and responsible adults help them learn the proper way to drive and behave while behind the wheel. Younger drivers may have the quicker reflexes but often, it’s the lack of maturity and experience that often causes an auto accident that can lead to injury.
How Can an Accident Be Avoided? 11 Tips for Preventing Rear-End Crashes
The most common accident a teenager is involved in is a rear-end collision, and nearly all of them are caused by the teen driver not giving his or her full attention to the road and what is in front of them. Here are a few things teen drivers can do to avoid a rear-end collision:
- Watch following too close: Keep at least 3 seconds between the teen’s car and the car ahead of them. Extra space means extra safety.
- Anticipate sudden stops: Never assume all is well. Be wary of the car in front making frequent or sudden stops.
- Look ahead: Keep in mind the things that can develop and/ or go wrong which may cause the car ahead of them to make a sudden stop and be prepared.
- Avoid distractions: this includes, but is not limited too talking/listening to passengers, cell phone calls and/ or texting, eating, trying to do homework.
- Don’t drink and drive: This is illegal no matter how old you are.
- Beware of driver fatigue: Teens claim they don’t get enough sleep as it is. This can present a danger even if the teen doesn’t feel tired.
- Obey speed limits: the signs are posted for a reason. Decrease speed if weather conditions present a danger.
- Check the weather: Inclement weather such as rain, snow, sleet, hail or wind increases the chances for skidding, hydroplaning, and especially rear-end auto accidents. Make adjustments for drive time if weather is an issue.
- Know the territory: Make sure a teen has proper directions if driving in a neighborhood they don’t know well. Eyes looking for an address are eyes off the road.
- No sight see-ing: Taking time to check out something happening road side such as an accident takes your attention from where it should be. The stopped car in front of you.
- Be patient: Don’t be in a hurry, give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going. Vehicles ahead of you may know of a traffic obstacle you can’t see. Keep your distance!
What Are Ideal Driving Conditions?
The truth is there is no such thing as an ideal driving condition. Teen drivers must learn to allow for sudden and/or unexpected events.
Teen accident injury/ fatality statistics:
According to the National Safety Council website in 2007, “7,650 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. According to the latest 2005 mortality figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 20."
All teens while traveling should always practice defensive driving techniques no matter how close or how far their commute is.
Teens want to be noticed for the good they can do – driving responsibly is a great place to start. Drive smart. Be safe. Arrive alive and accident free.
The Kansas and Missouri injury and accident attorneys of the Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys remind everyone to practice safe driving techniques and keep our roads safe for new drivers and old.