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A look at teens and driving

Teens Get In Wrecks On Average In The 1st 6 Months Driving

Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for any teen. With this milestone comes great responsibility. Operating a vehicle can be very dangerous, so teens must be taught the right and wrong things to do when driving, to prevent serious accidents.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, it is during the first six months of teens driving by themselves that they are most likely to be in car accident. Top causes of accidents include a lack of experience, having teen passengers in the vehicle and driving at night. In fact, the top cause of death in the U.S. for those between the ages of 15 and 20 are car crashes.

The government has implemented many restrictions and new laws to help reduce the amount of accidents involving teen drivers. These include graduated driver’s licenses, passenger restrictions and curfews. Parents also have to do their part in teaching their teens what to do when they are behind the wheel, and teens have to be more conscious of ways they can be safer on the road, too.

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has some great tips for teen drivers. The main rule is to follow all road laws, such as wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit and keeping a safe distance away from other vehicles. Teens also need to avoid distractions of any kind, including cellphones, food and people, and focus on nothing but the road when driving. Finally, teen drivers need to follow good practices, like braking gently on wet roads and making complete stops.