Getting a driver’s license is a highly anticipated milestone for
many teens and a major source of anxiety for parents. Unfortunately, many
parents’ fears about their teens getting behind the wheel are warranted,
as statistics show that nearly one out of every four teens will be involved in a
car accident within six months of receiving their license.
Despite being granted a license, many teen drivers are still developing
their driving skills during their first years of driving and are much
more likely to make mistakes – mistakes which can have serious ramifications
in the event of an accident. Fortunately, being aware of these errors
can help keep your teen safe and reduce their chances of being involved
in a crash.
Some common teen driving mistakes to avoid include:
Speeding: Inexperienced drivers often have a much tougher time judging their speed
and gauging how much distance they will need to stop. Additionally, driving
fast can reduce the amount of time a teen has to react to hazards on the
roads – a skill that is usually far less attune than that of more
Driving while distracted: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death in teens. Whether
it involves talking on a cell phone,
texting, eating, or even messing with a car’s navigation system while driving,
distractions behind the wheel can cause teens to miss seeing or reacting
to dangerous situations on the roadway, leading to collisions. In fact,
in the average time it takes to read and respond to a text message, your
vehicle can potentially travel the length of several football fields!
Taking risks: Driving a car is risky enough, let alone when a driver chooses to take
unnecessary risks such as making sudden lane changes without signaling
or accelerating through yellow lights. Other risky choices commonly made
by teens include driving while under the influence of alcohol, failing
to check blind spots, or driving while distracted.
Tailgating: Teens frequently overestimate their ability to stop their vehicles in
time and follow too closely behind other vehicles, leading to rear-end
accidents. It is important for teen drivers to maintain adequate space
between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, especially at
Over correcting: Dangerous situations may sometimes require drivers to quickly swerve
in one direction or make sudden corrections to avoid a collision. In many
cases, teen drivers tend to overreact in these situations and lose control.
While emergency handling skills can only develop with time and practice,
anticipating road hazards can go a long way to help keep teens out of
these types of situations.
For more tips on how you can keep your teen driver safe, or if you have
been injured in a collision caused by a teen driver’s negligence,
contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. today. With more than five
decade’s worth of combined legal experience, our team has what it
takes to guard your rights and maximize your financial recovery.
Speak with a
Toledo personal injury attorney from our firm today – dial (419) 318-0772.