Here are driving tips that will help teen drivers reduce their chances in getting involved in fatal vehicle accidents.
- Don’t Speed – As reminded by a public campaign slogan, “Sped kills”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. Take time and obey posted speed limits.
- Avoid Distractions – According to NHTSA, in 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Another study has shown that 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. Simply put, a distracted driver is a dangerous driver who can kill. Avoid using any electronic devices while driving.
- Wear Seat Belt – There is no doubt that seat belt save lives. According to NHTSA, more than 50% of all accident fatalities were people who were not using seat belts. Buckle up! It takes less than five seconds.
- Be Aware of the Other Driver – Sometimes, it does not matter you are practicing “safe driving”. Someone else can crash into you. You should make the following assumption: “Everyone on the road is idiot”. Be aware of other vehicles around you. Check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets. Don’t focus only on the road in front of your car.
- Practice Defensive Driving – Aggressive driving is dangerous. Studies have shown that young male drivers are more likely to drive aggressively.
- Don’t Drink and Drive – Enough said!