Safe driving for teens

Definition

Learning to drive is an exciting time for teenagers and their parents. It opens up many options for a young person, but it also carries risks. Young people between ages 15 and 24 have the highest rate of auto-related deaths. The rate is the highest for young men.

Parents and teens should be aware of problem areas and take steps to avoid hazards.

Information

MAKE A COMMITTMENT TO SAFETY

Teens also need to commit to being safe and responsible drivers in order to improve the odds in their favor.

Drivers and passengers should use automobile safety features at all times. These include: seat belts, shoulder straps, and headrests. Only drive cars that have air bags, padded dashes, safety glass, collapsible steering columns, and anti-lock brakes.

Auto accidents are also a leading cause of death in infants and children. Infants and young children should be properly buckled into a child safety seat of the right size that is correctly installed in the vehicle.

AVOID DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distractions are a problem for all drivers. Do not use cell phones for talking, texting, or email when you are driving.

Other tips include:

Driving with friends can lead to accidents.

Teenage-related driving deaths occur more often in certain conditions.

OTHER SAFETY TIPS FOR TEENS

Parents should talk with their teens about "household driving rules."

Parents can do the following to help prevent teens from drinking and driving:

Some children continue to mix driving and drinking. In many states, the parent must sign for a teenager under 18 to get a driver's license. At any time before the 18th birthday a parent can refuse responsibility and the state will take the license.


Review Date: 4/24/2017
Reviewed By: Liora C Adler, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Hollywood, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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