School bound drivers in Charlotte injured in an accident
There is no doubt that driving distracted is a sure fire way to have an accident or be injured in an accident. Every school year, there are scores of new drivers on the road, many of them driving to school. Every parent must deal with the anxiety of sending their teenager off in the car alone, hoping that they will be safe and attentive drivers. Their anxiety is justified. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately seven teen drivers die in an auto accident every day. This is why it is so important to impress upon inexperienced drivers that driving an automobile requires their undivided attention every time they get behind the wheel.
As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is ready for the responsibility of driving. This means that beyond lectures and reprimand, you must be a good role model for following the safe driving practices. This is a great time of year to discuss the following guidelines with your young driver:
- Never text and drive. Studies have shown that texting drivers are just as impaired as drunk drivers are. Texting while driving is against the law and it is important that you explain that this activity is not acceptable.
- Remind your new driver that the best approach is for every driver to turn their cell phone completely off when behind the wheel.
- Consider imposing a driving curfew until you are sure of your young driver’s ability. Statistics show that most teen accidents occur between the hours of 9pm to 2am.
- Newly experienced drivers should not be allowed to drive with other teens or peers in the car for a designated period. You will know when your teen is experienced enough to give friends a ride.
- Everyone should drive with headlights on, even in broad daylight, so that they are as visible as possible on the road.
- Set routes and boundaries. Just like learning to play an instrument or playing a sport, practice increases proficiency. Just because someone has enough skill to pass a driver-licensing test, does not mean that they are proficient at every phase of driving. Do not just release them onto the highways. Letting them start out driving around your neighborhood and then gradually branch out.
- Have an extensive discussion about the dangers of drinking and driving to prevent getting injured in an accident. Tell them if they ever drink, that they can always call you.
Some of these rules may seem overly restrictive, but new drivers must understand that driving is a responsibility, not a rite of passage. They must understand that failing to pay attention can cause someone their life… and it could be theirs.
Speak to a car accident lawyer in Charlotte, NC
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