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Helping Teens Become Better Drivers

By Bill Coats, Injury Lawyer
It’s no surprise that younger drivers are involved in accidents more often than older drivers. Experience and maturity change so many of our decisions; what might have made sense at 16 seems unconscionable at 36 (and, in many ways, vice versa). However, looking at the disparity in motor vehicle accidents is shocking, especially in the chart in this New York Times article (external link) that shows just how drastic the difference in accidents involving fatalities. This is why helping teens become better drivers is so important.
Research shows that it doesn’t take much before alcohol has an effect on someone’s ability to drive – even well below the legal limits for a traffic offense. In this study (external link), conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University, “Tests showed that at .04, again one-half the level of legal intoxication, drivers had trouble with such skills as skid control, crash simulation, and other maneuvering tests through stationary cones,” Dr. Maurice Dennis said.
If you have young drivers in your household, here are some tips on keeping them safe, from MADD. For the complete list, click here (external link):
  1. Think of yourself as a coach. Share information, have conversations with your teen about driving. Ask questions, and listen attentively to your teen’s answers. Encouragement is a powerful tool, so when your teen driver makes good decisions, cheer them on.
  2. Talk about the facts about drunk, drugged and distracted driving dangers. Think of a plan together on how to deal with peer pressures and situations that can lead to poor decision-making.
  3. Hold your teens accountable to the decisions they do make. Keep track of your teen, and make sure they know when they have your permission.
  4. Show respect and caring with your teen. Helping your teens think logically is good training for a long, successful life that does not have to be cut short by drinking and driving.
  5. Be a positive role model! Setting a good example sends a powerful message.

Article originally published by Bill Coats Law at http://billcoatslaw.com/blog/helping-teens-become-better-drivers

About Bill Coats, Personal Injury Lawyer, Bellingham, WA

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Bill Coats is a highly qualified personal injury lawyer in Bellingham, Washington. His firm, Bill Coats Law, has an emphasis on auto accidents, wrongful death and personal injury cases. Over the past 20 years, Bill has made it his mission to level the playing field for people trying to recover after someone else’s negligence caused them injury.

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Latest update: February 7, 2017