Teens & Driving: Road Safety

Posted on: August 8, 2017 by Goodrich & Watson

As inexperienced drivers, teenagers are liable for a lot of accidents each year. As they gain more experience and put some miles on the car, it’s important to remind your teenaged kids about the risks they face. For the safety of your kids, your vehicle, and those around them, share this information with them and secure your vehicle with a VA Auto Insurance policy.

Put the phone down.

Everyone knows the drill: no texting and driving. City and state ordinances have adopted laws that prohibit people from using their phone while driving, but even if it’s legal in your area, it’s never advised. Road conditions and traffic can change rapidly, and if your eyes are on your phone and not the road, it’s a recipe for disaster. Bottom line – texting and phone calls can wait.

Reduce distractions.

According to the DMV, it may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you’re cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds.

As an inexperienced driver, you are more apt to lose control of your car. Distractions can significantly increase the chances that you 1) not notice impending danger or notice it too late and 2) lose the ability to control the vehicle.

Drive alone.

Another teenage passenger increases your risk of distraction and accidents. So, if possible, choose to make the drive solo.

Watch your speed.

This is likely the most obvious, yet speed is the major contributing factor in teen deaths on the road each year. Especially in new areas, or by schools and neighborhoods, watch your speed.

Stay aware of your surroundings.

Be aware of who’s next to, behind and in front of you. Give yourself plenty of room from the car in front of you, use your turn signals, and give yourself a bigger buffer zone in high-traffic areas.

About Goodrich & Watson

At Goodrich & Watson, we recognize the risks that new drivers face daily. Our auto insurance policies seek to ensure that you, your passengers, and your vehicle are fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (888) 829-5004.

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