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Now that school is back in session more teenage drivers take on the road. Being a teenager does not mean that you cannot drive safely. Statistically, drivers in this age group account for more road accidents than drivers in any other group, however by practicing safe driving you can avoid damage to your car or personal injury. According to a Detroit car accident lawyer, in Michigan alone, there are over 270,000 car accident every year. Don’t let your teen play a part in this devastating statistic; have your teen practice these safety tips on their back to school commute.

Stay Focused and Alert

Keep your eyes on the road and stay focused on driving. It is easy to get distracted and lose control. Some factors which could affect your focus include eating and drinking as you drive, fiddling with the radio, playing music that is too loud, or even talking with other passengers. These actions could interfere with your alertness, which could be disastrous for you. Be alert and aware of your environment even when you have more than a few friends in the car.

Take Care of Your Car

Take time to maintain your car. Make sure your car is clean before you leave for school. Driving with a dirty windshield can impair visibility and affect your driving. Be sure to check your tires regularly and note if they are inflated to the right pressure. It is always important to use good quality tires. Also, do not just hop into your car and drive without checking first that you have enough gasoline to get you where you are going. If your tank is verging on empty, stop and top up. Driving with a nearly empty tank can cause car problems and can be dangerous, as your car could stop in the middle of the highway with no warning.

Do Not Use Your Phone

Research has shown that when you use your phone while driving, it has the same effect as driving while drinking. It is very dangerous to make or receive a call while driving even if you are using hands-free devices. Several states have laws prohibiting or limiting use of certain devices. Be sure to note where your state stands on this regulation.

It cannot be said enough: Do not text and drive. Texting means that you will take your attention off the road for several seconds and in that time, so many things could go wrong. Although some states have banned texting and driving and you could get into trouble even if you are practicing the “texting while stopped” method, this continues to be a problem for most teen drivers. The best approach, for safety and to reduce distractions, is to completely turn off your phone until you get to your destination.

Practice Defensive Driving

Find out about defensive driving courses in your community and improve your skillset in that area. Be aware of the cars next to you and keep a safe distance from them. Also note the escape routes along your way. As you drive to school and back, use this as a time to practice good driving habits so that you do not endanger your life or that of others sharing the road. Being a teen driver means that you have a lot more years of driving ahead. Developing good habits early on can diminish your risk of being in a car accident.

 

Educate on Insurance

Often times your young driver will overlook the importance of their insurance policy. How are you capable of receiving such a great rate? How do you know where to shop for insurance? These are some of the many questions your teen driver will begin to ask themselves as they continue to grow and someday paying their own insurance, if they’re not already. Be sure to let them know that there are often times rewards with insurance companies simply because you’re a good driver.

 

Will you commit to sharing this beneficial information with your teen driver?

 

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