Car accidents are a leading cause of death for teens. There are many reasons why teens are at a high risk for a crash, and some of them are obvious, such as their lack of experience.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains there are some factors that you may not realize are common in teens that increase the chances of a fatal accident.
Even though your teen may not have been driving long, he or she may have already developed some bad habits that will put him or her at a higher risk for a fatal car accident. A common issue is not wearing a seatbelt. You should always stress the importance and show your teen the importance of wearing a seatbelt by always wearing yours.
Another habit is speeding. Again, you can be a role model when it comes to speeding by not doing it and stressing how important it is to go the posted speed limit.
Distracted driving is also very high among teen drivers. While you should make it clear to your teen not to use a cell phone while driving, there are other things that can distract him or her. Messing with the radio or eating can also be distracting activities.
Risky behavior is also common with teens. They are in a time of their lives when they feel invincible and may take more risks than you do as an older person.
Reckless driving behavior is common among teens. You should monitor your child’s behavior behind the wheel and take swift action if you see reckless behavior.
Driving when tired is something that drivers of all ages do, but it may be riskier for teens since they also have a lack of experience. Talk to your teen about driving when he or she is too tired to do so.
Teens are not necessarily horrible drivers, but they do not have the experience or knowledge they need to always make the best decisions or to know how to handle situations. The best thing you can do is be a guide to your child to help him or her avoid an accident.