Helping Your Teen Drive Safer
As schools have gotten back in session, and most have gone back to in-person learning, families all over Flordia need to discuss with their teen drivers regarding the commute to school. Before sending them out behind the wheel, share these five tips to improve their driving:
1. Keep Distractions to a Minimum
Regardless of age, drivers should know their limits to the number of distractions their brains can handle. No driver should ever text, east or drink, or perform any activity that diverts your gaze away from the road ahead of you.
2. Ensure Passengers Behave Responsibly
Teens are not legally allowed to have other passengers in the car under 21 unless they are members of the same family. However, sometimes carpooling to class, after-school activities, or work may be inevitable. If your teen decides to take this risk, make sure they know the proper etiquette to keep their passengers and themselves safe throughout the entirety of the drive to their destination. This may include having one person control the music, keeping all backseat hands and items in the backseat, and having conversations at appropriate volumes.
3. Keeping Roadway Conditions in Mind
Florida can have unpredictable weather patterns, and teen drivers should always be aware of how different factors can affect roadway conditions. High winds and rain can become dangerous for those who aren't comfortable or experienced driving in them. Along the same lines, Florida roads have a lot of construction going on sporadically throughout the state. This can provide additional distractions your teen needs to be aware of.
4. Florida Road Rules for School Zones
The State of Florida outlines precise road rules for driving near or in school zones. Here are a few of the most important to remember:
- The speed limit within 500 to 1000 feet of a school is 25 mph when children are present unless otherwise stated.
- All vehicles must stop when a school bus has lights flashing.
- You must obey the directions of crossing guards or safety patrols when driving around children/schools.
5. Avoid Driving When in a Bad Headspace
Anyone can struggle with being in a bad headspace from time to time. Life happens, and that can cause emotional responses that are totally valid. However, the stress of driving added on top of situations like this should be avoided at all costs. Being sad, angry, or even just tired behind the wheel can have horrible consequences.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 91,000 crashes are caused each year by drowsy driving. Additionally, the Insurance Information Institute estimates that approximately 56% of crashes involve aggressive driving.
One of the best ways teens can prevent accidents is to keep a level head and focus on the task at hand.
Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
Sending your teen out on the road for the first time can be stressful for any parent, and we are committed to helping you keep their safety a priority. If you or your teen driver is involved in a collision on Florida roads, trust the team at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC to help you achieve the desired outcome.
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