NHTSA has prepared a list of Tips Teenage Drivers to help parents prepare their new drivers
Wright & Schulte LLC and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reaching out to parents with advice on how to reduce the likelihood of their young drivers being hurt or even killed in highway accidents.
Data shows that in 2010, 187,000 teenage drivers were injured and 2,000 more died in highway accidents. In an effort to reduce these terrible statistics, the car accident lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are extending NHTSA’s safety tips for teenage drivers for parents to enlist in helping keep their teenage drivers safe when they are traveling the highways.
One out of ten drivers involved in fatal car wrecks are between 15 and 20 years of age. Inexperience and immaturity have a lot to do with these tragic accidents. Because of this, parents are advised to take the following steps:
- Create a driving contract with your teen driver that holds them responsible for their actions, including using seatbelts, not riding with a driver who has consumed alcohol or drugs, not driving after consuming drugs or alcohol. Alcohol was a factor in 22 percent of all teen driver fatal accidents.
- Parents are advised to forbid the use of cell phones while driving as distracted driving accounts for 13 percent of all fatal teen accidents.
- Limit the number of passengers your teen can transport in the vehicle to one. Statistics show that teens get more reckless as the number of passengers increases.
- Reduce nighttime driving as much as possible. The NHTSA recommends not letting your teens drive after 10 p.m., as most teen driver fatal accident occur between 9 p.m. and midnight.
- The Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC recommend that parents stay involved in their teenage drivers activities, especially when they have to drive in high traffic areas, on gravel roads, and in bad weather, and mentor teens regarding their skills, concerns, and progress as a responsible driver.