Teenage drivers may be some of the most dangerous drivers on the road, putting not only themselves at risk, but other motorists as well. Their inexperience behind the wheel makes them more likely than any other group of drivers to be involved in a fatal accident.
And that’s why officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have launched their “5 to Drive” campaign. This campaign is addressing the 5 most dangerous driving habits of teenagers. This list of 5 is serving as a checklist for parents for their chat with the teenagers in their family about safe driving habits.
Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for teenagers across the country. Even with the state’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program, our teens need more supervision and advice behind the wheel. And that’s where parents and guardians come in. We’re asking you to sit down and talk with the teen in your family today about the importance of safe and responsible habits behind the wheel. It’s a talk that could wind up saving lives.
“5 to Drive”
-Drivers should never use a cell phone or any other kind of electronic device behind the wheel. All attention should remain on the road.
-Never drive with an excessive number of passengers. Keep this number to a minimum as passengers can be distracting and increase your risks of an accident.
-Keep an eye on the speed limit. The faster you are traveling, the higher your risks are for an accident. Speed limits are placed to keep us safe, not to slow us down.
-Never drink and drive. Also, never get into the vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
-Always wear a seat belt. By wearing a seat belt, you can increase your chances of surviving an accident by about 50 percent. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled in during each and every car ride.
“Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, and other teen passengers contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes,” said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, teens should also get familiar with road signs and lights. It’s important to follow all of these rules in addition to using your own turn signals to help to alter other travelers of your intentions. Turn it on to give the drivers behind you enough time to react before you take the action. Also, make sure the signal turns off after you’ve completed the action.
When traveling, you also want to keep the radio, CD, MP3 or other music device to a minimum. Music is okay, but it can get awfully distracting if it’s too loud. Go ahead and enjoy your favorite song, but enjoy it safely.
If you or someone you love has been injured, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee unless we win. Call 888-751-7770 today!