Is it that time of the year again? That time when teenagers are all excited and restless about upcoming graduation, prom night, going to an event, hanging out with friends, driving into the city, and lots of other fun? This means that it is also that time of year when parents all over worry and stress, staying up till late in the night waiting for their teenage drivers to get home safely.
Unfortunately, parent worry and angst comes with good reason. According to the National Safety Council, the number one cause of teenage deaths is car accidents. This makes it critical for parents to ensure that their teenagers follow certain tips to keep them safe when they are behind the wheel.
5 Ways to Prevent Car Accidents Caused by Teenagers
The sunny news is that a teen’s risk of a car accident can be reduced very significantly by a combination of practice, a slow and gradual exposure to driving as well as easing gradually into higher-risk driving situations, such as driving with other teens in the vehicle or night-time driving.
You should also not forget to include strict parental supervision. Here is a list provided by the National Safety Council that parents can use to discuss driver safety with their teenage children.
Although teen crash risk is high, it is possible to prevent them or at least mitigate the chances of these types of crashes from occurring. There are many things you can do to make sure that your teenager does not get into an accident – one of them is making sure that they receive proper driving lessons before being handed over the keys to the car.
If your teen avoids risky behavior while behind the wheel, they can be safer on the road and avoid getting into accidents, hopefully! Teenagers should remember that safe driving practices will not only save their lives, but the lives of other drivers and pedestrians as well.