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Safe Teen Driving in Southern California -- A Parent's Role

December 31, 1969

Your teen is most likely to be seriously injured or killed in a traffic collision. As a matter of fact, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for this young age group. To help to improve their safety behind the wheel, transportation officials have created the "Drive it HOME" website.
Parents listen up! You can help to mold them into a safer driver. Our Costa Mesa car accident attorneys understand that there were close to 2,000 teenage drivers killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there weer another 195,000 teenage drivers injured in car accidents during the same year. During this time, there were more than 110 young drivers killed in car accidents in the state of California. Our state saw more of these fatalities than any other state aside from Texas. It's time for us to step up to the plate and help to teach our young ones safer driving habits!

One of the most important and beneficial things that you can do to help your teen to develop safe driving habits is to practice along with them. Make sure you're riding along with them and offering constructive criticism. When they're riding along with you, make sure that you're a star example. Practice the habits that you want them to practice. Teens learn by example.

According to a recent study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, the leading cause of teen accidents is inexperience behind the wheel. The top three causes include:

-Neglecting to scan the roadway.

-Driving too fast for the current weather and traffic conditions.


You should consider creating a parent-teen driving agreement. This will help you to lay down the driving rules between you and your teen. You should also lay down the consequences for breaking these rules!

It's important to talk with your teen driver about the risks that are associated with distracted driving, passengers and nighttime driving. Make sure they're aware of the state's Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program and the laws that come along with it. Awareness is one of the first steps you can take to a safer driving career.

You should also talk to them about the risks that come with passengers. When they get their license, it's natural for them to want to drive everywhere and to hang out with their buddies. Unfortunately, the more people they have in their vehicle the higher their risks for getting into an accident. Keep the passengers to a minimum and make sure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled in properly!

Even after you've discussed all of these risks with your teen, it's important that you keep the conversation open and often. You want to keep this information fresh in their mind to help to promote safer driving habits.

If you or your teen has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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