If you’ve got a new driver in your household, you’re probably a little worried about them being out on the road. You can minimize those worries by talking with them about some key risks on the road.
NEVER drink and drive. People die when irresponsible drivers get behind the wheel after drinking. You may not want to think your teen is drinking but they likely are. Set a protocol to help them avoid driving after drinking. Give them a safe way to get home without getting behind the wheel.
Always wear your seatbelt. Besides being required by law, it really does increase the chances they will survive a crash.
Keep your eye on the road. Stay off your phone, whether it’s calling or texting. Makes changes to the radio at lights or stop signs. No eating and driving and don’t get distracted by friends in the car.
Don’t speed. Newsflash kid, this is illegal too, and your parents will have to pay the fine and it will come from some amenity you enjoy under their roof. But besides the huge amount of trouble they’ll get in with you, speed increases the fatality in a crash and can result in injuries and even death.
Limit passengers. With teenagers, the more friends in the car, the greater the chance of a crash. Some states have even amended the law to prohibit excessive passengers in vehicles being driven by young drivers.
Keep a safe space cushion between your car and the car in front of you. Use the 4 second rule. The space in front of you is the only space you control. You control how close you are to the car in front of you, thus rear end accidents are almost always preventable if you follow the 4 second rule.
The 4-second rule is a basic principle for preventing crashes on the road, specifically rear ending/tailgating. This rule is extremely important as it gives drivers a guideline that ensures that they are at an ideal distance from the driver that is in front of them. This gives drivers more time to react in case of a crash and prevents them from happening. The 4 second rule’s main purpose is to ensure drivers stay at least 4 seconds behind the car in front of them. 4 seconds is proven to be the adequate distance to prevent crashes, contradicting previous estimates of 2-3 seconds.