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Austin Personal-Injury Attorney Reveals 2 Tips to Keep Your Teenage Driver Safe

By Luke Dow on October 06, 2015

If you have experienced the stressful endeavor of teaching a teen to drive, then you already understand how difficult this process can be. As a parent, you have every right to worry.

Teen girl texting while she's driving the car.  Very dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of car crashes is higher among people between the ages of 16 and 19 than any other age group. In fact, during 2011, more than 2,500 teens died and 290,000 sustained serious injuries in accidents.

As a parent, there are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of your teen being in a serious crash. In addition to making sure your car is safe, you should always lead by example behind the wheel. Also, make sure your child is aware of the dangers of the road, and give him or her comprehensive lessons in defensive driving.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid an accident, and if you or your child was in a crash, then you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical expenses from the at-fault party. The Luke Dow Law Firm can examine your case and determine if you have valid grounds for a claim. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule an appointment.

In the meantime, read on to learn two safety tips for teen drivers:

  1. Don’t Cut Corners while Teaching Your Teen to Drive
Safe teenage driving begins with parents. If your child is about to start driving, then it is important for you to teach him or her how to operate a vehicle defensively and avoid precarious situations.

According to TeenDriving.com, teaching your child to drive requires patience and knowledge. It is important to provide in-car supervision from the passenger seat during the learning process. Start with short trips, and progress to more involved lessons as the teen’s confidence increases.

Set realistic goals for the learning process, and provide the teen with firm suggestions on how to improve his or her technique. Your local Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will also have a driver’s guide that can provide valuable tips on operating a vehicle, as well as the rules of the road.

  1. Create a Driving Contract
TeenDriving.com recommends that parents draft a driving contract with their teenage children in order to clarify and enforce safety measures. The contract should include information about which car your teen is free to drive and when. It should also detail how your teen should care for the car.

A good teen-driving contract will also detail key safety aspects, such as obeying traffic laws and always wearing a seatbelt. It should take into account the safety of passengers, as well. For example, you may want to limit the number of passengers your teen can transport to two – or even one.

Stipulate that your child should never use a cell phone while driving, must never drive while drunk or under the influence of drugs, and that he will not transport friends for the first six to 12 months.

A good contract will offer the teen incentive to drive safely. It will also detail the consequences of breaking the terms of the agreement. Teaching your teen to drive can be a stressful exercise, but with the right approach, you can help him or her avoid serious incidents.

If you or your child was in an accident and it was not your fault, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104. Austin personal-injury lawyer Luke Dow will evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.

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