What is more exciting in a teens’ life than when they first begin driving? It’s also a dangerous time according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities for kids and young adults ages 14-18.
Despite this, the NHTSA says just 25 percent of parents have a serious talk with their kids about the key components of safe driving. At Doyle Insurance, we want to make sure that you are aware of the simple guidelines we recommend to keep your new driver safe.
Absolutely no alcohol
There is no legal limit for alcohol when it comes to teen drivers. Having any amount of alcohol for all those under 21, everywhere, is illegal. According to the NHTSA, 25% of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes involve a teen driver with a blood-alcohol level of .01 or higher.
Seat belts required
Drivers and passengers ages 16-24 historically use seat belts less often than other groups. Let teens know that the use of a seat belt is non-negotiable. It’s the easiest way to protect them in a crash. You can also set a good example by buckling up yourself.
Teen drivers like to push the limits, but the road is not the place to do so. Speeding doesn’t simply put them at risk for a ticket; it increases the risk of an accident as well.
No calls, no texts
It’s never a good idea for anyone to call or text while driving, but because teen drivers lack experience, distracted driving is all the more risky. Reaction times are slower when someone is distracted. Even worse, sending or reading a text means a driver’s eyes are not on the road.
Only one passenger (or zero, depending on your state’s licensing guidelines for young drivers)
As the number of passengers rises, so does the risk of a fatal crash. Think back to when you were a teen driver—how different were your reactions when you had friends in the car versus when you were alone?
Young drivers should understand that driving is a privilege. Make sure they know you will take the car keys away if they don’t drive safely. Make sure you have regular conversations with young drivers about safety and other issues to ensure the lessons don’t fall through the cracks. Many states are imposing driving regulations to keep all drivers safe behind the wheel. We want to make sure you keep new drivers safe. In doing so, you’ll soon have another trusted and responsible driver in the family--maybe even one that qualifies for a car insurance discount.
Call us today for a quote to add your new driver. We’ll reinforce our safety guidelines with your new driver.