School is back in session, and with it the morning parking lot shuffle and afterschool rush. Depending upon your teenager’s age, it may be up to them to get up and get going on their own as they enjoy their first years of driving privileges. Of course, such newfound independence can be more than a bit worrisome for parents.
To reduce the risk of your teenager getting into an accident and having to call a Las Vegas Auto Accident attorney, talk to them about the following back to school driving tips for teens:
Being late invariably causes a person to feel stress, and such stress causes otherwise careful drivers to overlook basic driving rules and etiquette. This might include everything from aggressively speeding down a highway to dangerously tailgating in an attempt to move forward faster. Prevent yourself and your teenager from feeling this dangerous need to speed by impressing a 10-minute window. Whenever you think you need to leave, give yourself an extra ten minutes to account for the unaccountable, like construction, unexpected traffic, and flat tire hold-ups.
Fewer is Better.
While there are benefits that come with having your teenager carpool, having too many people packed in a car can quickly overwhelm a young driver. Remember, young drivers may not yet know how to safely react to certain experiences because they have not come across them yet. This includes learning how to safely handle a car during storms, how to react if a car suddenly turns into their lane, how to handle aggressive drivers, etc. All of these first-time situations will require their complete focus, which makes it absolutely necessary to keep distractions at a minimum. Usually when you hear about ‘avoiding distractions’, advocates talk about turning off cell phones and ‘don’t eat and drive’, but arguably even more important is keeping passenger distractions at a minimum. Start with one passenger max and slowly graduate to more over the course of the year.
Go, Go, Defense, Go.
Always be wary of other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It’s easy for new drivers to fall into the trap of expecting real-life driving to be similar to video games in having some level of safe predictability. However, while you can generally be assured everyone knows the rules of the road, it’s important for young drivers to take a defensive driving stance at all times. The two primary tenants are to keep your options open and give space for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, to act (or not) before moving forward.
Las Vegas Auto Accident Attorneys
Of course, even driving experts experience collisions. Should the worst happen and you find yourself with an accident on your hands, don’t handle insurance companies on your own. Instead, call the Las Vegas auto accident attorneys of GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation about your financial and legal compensation options.