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Driving 101 – Young Driver Safety Checklist

A young driver is more likely to end up in a serious auto accident compared to any other age group. Instilling safe driving habits in your young driver can help ensure they stay safe on the roads. Here’s a checklist of the most important driving habits that your new driver should incorporate into their driving routine to help prevent accidents and keep them safe and sound.

Avoid Using Cell Phones When Driving

Even in hands-free mode, cell phones should never be used by a young driver while driving. Texting while stopped is also dangerous, as it can take attention away from the road and any hazards that may appear (like an incoming driver that may not be able to stop).

Avoid Distractions While Driving

A young driver should remain focused on the road at all times. Distractions while driving can increase the risk of a collision because the driver may not noticing hazards until it’s too late. Distractions include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Deep or emotional conversation with passengers
  • Picking up an item that has dropped inside the car

Never Drive Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Drinking, consuming illegal substances, and some prescription or over-the-counter medications impair the brain. This limits judgement and decreases reaction times. Underage drinking is illegal, as is driving while under the influence. Even if your teenager has just one drink or a small amount of a substance, they should know not to get behind the wheel.

If you or your child was injured in a car accident contact a personal injury lawyer from The Clardy Law Firm. We’ll help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.