As school starts again, teenage drivers throughout Kentucky will be behind the wheel as they go back and forth to school, sports, and other events. Help protect your teen on the road by sharing some of these driving safety tips with him or her, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Buckle up. Seat belts are a simple way to reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a car accident. Make it a rule in your household that all family members – including your driving teen – wear a seat belt whenever the vehicle is moving.
- Turn off the cell phone. Distracted driving causes thousands of deaths and injuries in the U.S. each year. While your teen may want to have a cell phone available while driving in case of emergency, the phone should never be used by the driver. Have teens pull over before making, checking, or returning a call.
- Limit passengers. A young driver’s ability to pay proper attention to the road decreases with every passenger he or she has in the vehicle. Limit teen drivers to only one or two passengers at most.
- Avoid alcohol. Not only is drinking and driving dangerous, it’s also illegal, especially for teens who may not legally drink at all. Make sure your teen knows the rule is no alcohol, no exceptions.
If your teen is injured in a car accident, you and your family have certain legal rights. Dedicated Kentucky car crash attorney Tad Thomas can help you and your family receive the compensation you need and protect your rights under Kentucky law.