The risks of teen drivers are well-known, and despite a number of additional laws and restrictions in place, they still cause numerous accidents every year. Despite all of the education, training, and testing they must go through to get their license, young drivers continue to make a lot of the same mistakes. In order to avoid an accident and potentially serious injuries, here are some important safety tips for teenage drivers to follow.
Turn On Your Headlights
You may not think you need your headlights because there is enough light to be seen, but the reality is that people can lose sight of a car without headlights, particularly low-light times like sunrise or sunset. Young drivers can often see better than older ones, and you never want to assume that another driver is aware of your presence. Whenever light starts to get low, turn on your headlights.
Many states have laws that require drivers under the age of 18 to drive alone, and for good reason: just one teenage passenger doubles the chances of an accident. Florida does not have any of these restrictions, however. So it’s up to you as a driver to make good decisions behind the wheel: do your best to drive alone at all times, and limit your distractions if you do have to drive with a passenger.
Drive the Speed Limit
Speed limits may seem restrictive or burdensome, but they exist for a reason: to keep drivers safe. However, many teenagers still choose to ignore speed limits. It should then come as no surprise that speed is a major contributor in many fatal teenage driving accidents. When combined with heavy traffic or unfamiliar roads, the risk becomes even greater. Slow down, maintain a safe speed, and keep to the right on major roadways if the flow of traffic is too fast for you to feel comfortable.
As an inexperienced driver, you are more likely to lose control of your car, and even more likely to do so when you are distracted. It may be tempting to try to eat, drink, change the music, or any other number of actions behind the wheel, but the fact is that doing any of these actions can significantly increase your chances of an accident. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of not doing these things, and even to maintain that habit as you get older.
This is particularly true when it comes to cell phones. Florida is one of just a few remaining states that does not have a ban on using handheld cell phones while driving (though sending text messages has been banned since October 2013). As a young driver, it’s a good idea to turn your phone off completely so you are not tempted to check it and become distracted. As you get older and more experienced with driving, use a hands-free solution in your car which allow you to maintain your focus and keep your hands on the wheel while driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the serious nature of your injuries and the financial pressure they can put you under, which is why a Stuart car accident lawyer is important to your case. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, our team has extensive experience standing up for the rights of those who have been injured through no fault of their own. An injury can be stressful, but our firm is prepared to fight on your behalf to obtain the financial relief you need.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866.675.4427 and let us review your legal options with you.