A recent study revealed that among 39 counties in Washington, young drivers in Spokane are among some of the most dangerous. The study involved the analysis of data from Washington State Department of Transportation between 2013 to 2017.
This study is supported by national findings that have found that car accidents in rural locations are not as common but much more deadly because rural motor vehicle operators frequently fail to wear seat belts.
It is absolutely critical that teenage drivers exercise safety precautions every time they get behind the wheel to avoid ending up in a deadly accident. The following will review some of the important steps that teenage drivers can take to remain safe while on the road.
Wear Your Seat Belt
One of the best ways to make sure that teenage drivers are safe behind the wheel is to always encourage them to wear a seatbelt. As a parent, you can do this by setting a good example. When you wear your seat belt every time you ride in a motor vehicle, your teenage drivers are much more likely to do the same.
Implement a Zero Tolerance Policy
Teenage drivers should never operate a motor vehicle if they have even a single drop of alcohol in their system. Being impaired by alcohol greatly increases the risk that a person will end up in a serious accident.
Here it is also advisable to lead by example, which means that parents should not operate motor vehicles after drinking and driving.
Make Sure Teen Drivers Have Nighttime Driving Experience
Driving during the night requires a unique set of skills. Parents must make sure to give teenage drivers time to practice driving at night as well as in adverse weather conditions. The more practice a teen logs, the more confident he or she will be behind the wheel and the less likely he or she will be to get into a car accident.
Make Sure Teen Drivers Feel Comfortable
A number of teenagers report that they are uncomfortable operating motor vehicles even when they ride with their parents. When teenagers are uncertain about what to do, they may feel uncomfortable asking for your advice. Make sure that your teenager feels safe operating a motor vehicle.
It is also a wise idea to make sure that your teenage has a plan in place to respond in case he or she feels uncomfortable while driving. By taking caution now, you can greatly reduce the risk of accidents in the future.
Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Even if a young driver follows all of the suggested safety precautions, it is not possible to always avoid the risk of ending up in a serious car accident. If your young driver was involved in an accident, one of the best steps that you can take is to speak with an experienced accident attorney.
Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free initial consultation.