What do teen drivers need to learn about driving?

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents |

In Connecticut and across the United States, teen drivers need to focus their attention on how to drive vehicles more responsibly. With automobile crashes accounting for the top cause of death in younger drivers, learning a few safety precautions makes perfect sense.

Teens should not drive with their friends

Teens tend to get excited wherever they congregate, and driving is no exception. Car crashes may not occur as frequently if newly licensed teenagers drive alone or with an adult passenger. Keeping their wits about them means avoiding excessive laughter, talking and loud music while driving. Some states have Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws designed to assist teen drivers in learning how to drive safely under conditions posing fewer risks. These drivers must advance through the GDL system before they receive additional driving entitlements, including driving with peers.

Speeding awareness

Unfortunately, speeding causes numerous motor vehicle accidents, including fatalities. Teen drivers speed more frequently when the sun sets rather than during daylight hours. Consequently, parents should not allow their teenagers to drive at night until they have gained more experience. In addition, parents need to teach teens that driving responsibly also means wearing seat belts.

The dangers of texting and driving

Teens should not text and drive at the same time. Every parent understands this reality. Texting and driving is a dangerous practice that may cause motor vehicle accidents resulting in traumatic brain injuries, burns or untimely deaths. Parents should instruct teens to turn off their cellphones while driving and inform them that this practice will not cause them to miss out on anything important.

Any person who suffers from an injury or disability caused by a teen driver has lawful rights, including filing legal claims in some cases.