Teenagers who get the keys to the car for the first time are often thrilled
to have the freedom to hit the road for themselves. However, because they
don’t have a lot of experience with this newfound privilege yet,
they’re prone to making a lot of mistakes. It’s these mistakes
that make teen drivers the demographic that’s far more likely to
be involved in a car accident than any other. Want to help your teen avoid
becoming part of these statistics? Here are some of the common mistakes
that you can work on with them.
Distracted drivers of all ages make mistakes. When it comes down to it,
the human brain isn’t particularly good at concentrating on multiple
things at once, and when one thing steals our attention away from the
road even slightly, our ability to avoid an accident skyrockets. This
is particularly true for teens who don’t have the knowledge and
driving experience to help them make better predictions and decisions
about what might happen, leading to a huge number of accidents every year.
Make sure teens know to keep the cell phone turned off and both hands
on the wheel while the car is in motion.
Youth comes with a sense of adventure, and adventure often includes a need
for thrills. This combined with a sense of invincibility in some cases
causes a number of teens who become comfortable with driving to start
increasing their speeds. Speeding combined with un-trained reactions leads
to situations where a young driver may not be able to stop in time to
avoid an accident. Speed related accidents are usually some of the worst
in terms of injuries and damages, so be sure to work with your teen to
reign in that desire to go fast and instead choose a more comfortable,
Young drivers who are behind the wheel for one of their first times can
get nervous, especially if it’s one of their first times being on
their own. Often this nervousness can cause a driver to panic, and panicked
drivers make mistakes, which causes other drivers to honk at and bully
them, causing even more panic and mistakes. Staying calm is one of the
most important and valuable things a young driver can do. Tell your teen
to remember their training, follow what they’ve learned, and just
take things slow and simple until they get comfortable with driving the
car on their own.
Injured in a car accident because of a young driver? Call (855) 338-0720
to reach the
Orlando car accident lawyers at The Maher Law Firm and request a case evaluation!