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How parents can keep teen drivers safe

Teen drivers are likelier to be involved in accidents while traveling in Alabama or any other state. This is largely because they lack the experience needed to stay calm during periods of low visibility or when they are driving on unfamiliar roads. Younger drivers are also more likely to drive while impaired, distracted or fatigued. However, parents can take steps to help their teenagers stay safe while behind the wheel.

Emphasize the dangers of impaired and distracted driving

Ideally, your teen will not be allowed to transport passengers with him or her to work, school or other destinations. Furthermore, your son or daughter should install apps on his or her cell phone that prevent it from sending or receiving calls or texts while a car is in motion. You should also emphasize the potential penalties of driving while impaired, such as jail time, a fine and an inability to drive until reaching age 21.

Model good behavior

If you want your teen driver to take you seriously, you have to set a good example. Young people generally don’t listen to authority figures who tell them to do something that they, themselves, aren’t willing to do. Therefore, if you want your child to obey the speed limit, you must do so yourself. Additionally, you should refrain from using your cell phone or driving while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

There should be consequences for bad behavior

You should be willing to revoke your teen’s driving privileges if he or she drives after consuming alcohol or with a friend in the car. Although your teen may not appreciate your strict rules, it may be the only way to prevent a serious motor vehicle accident from occurring.

If you are hurt in a motor vehicle crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to receive compensation. This money may help you pay for the treatment of broken bones, internal bleeding or other injuries caused by the defendant’s reckless actions.

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