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How to prevent teen car accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Car Accidents

Sadly, serious car accidents happen far too often in Florida. Many of these accidents can result in permanent disability or even death. As such, parents may be very worried about their teens getting behind the wheel. Thankfully, the causes of car accidents are easy to pinpoint. Taking time to educate your teen can possibly save his or her life.

Common causes of teen auto accidents

While there are thousands of ways car accidents can occur, teens are more susceptible to falling prey to specific causes of car accidents than others. These include:

  • Driving inexperience
  • Texting
  • Smartphone use
  • Drunk driving
  • Distractions from passengers
  • Lack of sleep
  • Not using seat-belts
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Marijuana use

Countering these threats

Of the items on this list, driving inexperience is probably the most relevant for most parents. Teen drivers simply do not have the same driving experience as older people who have been driving for years. The solution to this problem is to not rush into handing over the keys. Instead, spend a lot of time teaching your teen how to drive.

Also teach your children to remove as many distractions as possible and especially enforce the idea that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be deadly. Make sure to teach them defensive driving techniques and to avoid aggressive driving that can result in auto accidents.

While teens are involved in many accidents, you can prevent them by ensuring they become competent drivers through proper instruction. Teach them how to prevent common accident causes. Stay involved throughout their learning process and afterward. That way, you won’t have so much to worry about.