Safe Driving Tips for Georgia Teen Drivers
A number of teen automobile accidents and fatalities occur in Georgia every year. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are more at risk of motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. Moreover, teen drivers account for 30 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, but only 14 percent of the population. Teen drivers are less like to recognize hazards, more likely to speed or drive while intoxicated, and lack vital driving experience to prevent crashes.
If your teen may soon be driving, direct him or her to read the list below that outlines some safe driving tips geared at keeping teens safe on Georgia roadways:
- Turn your cell phone off: Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of teen accidents each year. Numerous studies have found that driving while using your cell phone is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. It is best for teen drivers to remove the temptation of talking or texting on the phone by simply shutting their phones off before putting the car into drive. If you need to make an urgent call or check messages, stop somewhere safe and reactivate your phone.
- Do not text and drive: Related to our first tip, it is imperative that teen drivers not text and drive. Texting while driving astronomically increases accident rates because it draws the young driver's attention from the roadway for a critical period of time. No text is as important as your life; turn off your phone or stow it away so that you are not tempted to text and drive.
- Stay within the speed limit: Speeding is a major factor in many teen accidents. Teens are known to speed for a variety of reasons, including showing off to passengers or peers. Resist this temptation to speed and stay within the speed limit to keep yourself, your passengers, and other road users safe.
- Drive alone: Teen drivers traveling with passengers are more likely to be involved in serious accidents. Passengers can distract new drivers or influence their driving behavior in a negative manner. Reduce the risk of any passenger related crash by driving by yourself while you are still a new driver.
- Select a safe vehicle: Buy a vehicle with the latest in safety equipment and one that has high crash safety ratings. Be sure the vehicle is properly maintained and checked regularly by a licensed mechanic.
The best lesson that parents can give to their kids is through teaching by example. Also, speak with your children about the importance of safe driving.
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We hope that with enough practice and coaching your teen driver becomes a safe Georgia driver for years to come. If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident because of another person or party, the Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has been representing individuals injured in car accidents, including teen accidents, for over thirty years. We strive to provide exceptional representation to our injured clients. We represent personal injury clients throughout Georgia and in the Southeast.
Prompt action is vital to the success of your automobile accident case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your time to file a personal injury claim after your accident is limited. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat. Also feel free to visit our website to learn more about our many community service initiatives geared towards keeping Georgia families safe.