During this week, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes ways to encourage teen driver safety. The leading cause of fatalities among teenagers is an automobile accident, so teaching your teenagers about safe driving is of the utmost importance.
The NHTSA encourages you to discuss the following with your teenagers prior to giving them approval to drive:
- No drinking — absolutely no drinking and driving.
- No cell phone use — even hands-free phones have been proven to be just as distracting as hand-held phones. Whether you’re texting, talking, using social media, or looking at a map, you’re distracted and unsafe while driving.
- Always wear your seatbelt — over 50% of the teenagers that died in car accidents in 2013 weren’t wearing a seatbelt.
- Maintain proper speeds
- No extra passengers — follow your state’s laws about having extra passengers in the front or back of the vehicle.
Our Columbus Attorneys Can Help You
Our attorneys have witnessed far too many car accident victims because they weren’t obeying the simple rules of safe driving. We hope that you can encourage your teens to follow the above five rules and to maintain basic, safe driving practices. If you are in need of legal help because of a car accident, please contact our injury attorneys at The Law Office of Robert W. Kerpsack today. Call us at (800) 944-0755.