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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Teen Driving Safety
As summer can be an exciting time for many newly-licensed teens, here are a few tips to help ensure that your teens are driving safely.
Don’t Text and Drive: Texting while driving is illegal and dangerous. According to dmv.org, studies show that texting while driving causes a driver to lose focus for as much as 4.6 seconds, more than enough time to cause an accident. Driving requires focus and concentration.
Turn on Headlights: Even if you think there is enough light for you to see, driving with your headlights on increases your visibility to others. Always drive with headlights on in the early morning and at dusk.
Minimize Distractions: Unnecessary activities such as eating, drinking, or flipping radio stations take focus away from the road. As inexperienced drivers, teens are more prone to have accidents caused by unnecessary distractions.
Know Where Your Teen is Heading: As an extra precaution, as a parent, you should know where your teen is headed when they are driving, how long it should take them to get there, and have them notify you when they have safely arrived.
Inspect the Car: Train your teen on how to inspect the car to ensure that it is working properly and to recognize signs of mechanical problems. Know how to inspect the inflation and tread on tires, get the oil changed according to manufacturer recommendations, and instruct the teen to recognize warning signs that the car may malfunction.
Always Wear a Seatbelt: Seatbelts save lives and should always be worn by all people in a vehicle. Kentucky law requires that all vehicle passengers wear a seatbelt and the driver can be pulled over and fined $25 for each person not wearing a seatbelt. If your teen has passengers, instruct him to require that all of his passengers wear seatbelts before driving the car.
The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart wants all drivers to be safe, especially our youth. If your teen is injured in a car wreck that was not his or her fault, we are here to help! Call us at (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation. For the convenience of our clients, we have offices in Bowling Green and Glasgow, but we travel throughout Kentucky and Tennessee to meet with injured clients.