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Buckle Up! What You Can Do to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

One of the reasons why teenagers’ auto insurance rates are higher than rates for many other age groups is because they may be more likely to get in accidents and to receive traffic citations for speeding and other violations. This may be because of a lack of experience and various other factors. With this knowledge in mind, you understandably may be concerned about your teenager’s safety behind the wheel. The last thing that you may want is to need an auto accident lawyer after your teenager has been involved in a serious collision. These tips may help you to promote your teen’s safety on the road.

Ensure that Your Teen Receives Quality Education

The quality of your teenager’s driver’s education can impact his or her safety on the road. A teenager should receive ample training in real-life scenarios before being permitted to get a license. When you ride along with your teenager frequently and in a wide range of traffic and weather conditions, you can help your teen to learn how to respond in various situations. In addition, sign your teenager up for professional driver’s education through a school with great reviews.

Choose a Car with Specialized Safety Equipment

Safety equipment has evolved dramatically in recent years, and modern models may be loaded with innovative features that promote safety. Some cars have special teen driving modes, which may limit speed and rates of acceleration. Others may have safety equipment that can benefit all drivers, such as forward collision avoidance and blind spot detection. While you may be shopping for a car for your teen on a budget, choosing a later-model vehicle that has at least some of these features can be beneficial.

Limit Your Teen’s Driving Activities

Rather than giving your teenager complete freedom once he or she gets a license, consider placing limitations at least for the first several months. For example, letting your teenager drive independently to and from school and an afterschool job may be sufficient until your teenager gains more confidence and experience driving alone. You may limit the number of people who can be in the car as well.

Staying safe on the road is important for all drivers, but parents may be particularly concerned about their teenagers who lack experience behind the wheel. Each of these tips may promote your teenager’s safety and may give you peace of mind each time your teenager heads out the door.

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