Improving Roadway Safety for Young Drivers
On average, seven teenagers lose their lives
and thousands more are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day. Despite states implementing laws on driving hours, distractions, and training that young drivers are expected to follow, this remains the leading cause of death among children.
Unsurprisingly, the months where teens are at higher rates of being involved in fatal collisions are at the start of their summer vacations (May and June
), followed by the back-to-school season. Considering this, it is imperative that parents teach their teens simple driving behaviors that can make a significant difference during their morning commute to school.
Being Physically and Mentally Prepared to Drive
Whether your child just obtained their license during summer break or has had it for months, they should always commit to only getting behind the wheel when they are physically and mentally able/ready to do so.
Being physically ready to drive means ensuring that you are not feeling sick, are under the influence, or did not get a substantial amount of sleep, as all can have debilitating effects on your reaction times and control.
On the other hand, being mentally prepared to drive includes calming the nerves or anxiety that can often occur in young drivers and managing any extreme emotions — like anger or sadness — before operating a vehicle.
Know the State’s Road Rules
The state’s required driver’s education course should provide the knowledge needed to obey the state’s road rules. However, there are some provisions that teens may not be aware of. Here are three things to remember:
- Teen drivers are prohibited from using handheld electronic devices while driving.
- Within the first year of having a license, teens may not drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Teen drivers may not have someone under age 20 in the car unless a California-licensed driver over 25, a licensed parent, or a certified driving instructor is also present.
Safe Practices for Any Time of Day
No matter the time of day, there are simple behaviors that teens can implement into their driving habits that will make their commute easier and safer, including:
- Avoiding activities behind the wheel that may impact your ability to maneuver the vehicle or see the road.
- Limiting the number of passengers in your vehicle until you no longer have a provisional license.
- Trying only to drive when there is clear daylight to avoid the dangers of low visibility.
- Checking your backseat before and after entering the vehicle, and keeping all doors locked until you reach your destination.
Trying even one of these tips could help you have a much safer time getting to where you need to go.
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