Keeping Your Kids Safe on the Road
It’s an important rule of thumb to always remember that driving is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, it’s essential to always remember that, if you are driving a vehicle, you need to be incredibly mindful and vigilant to ensure that accidents are avoided. Especially during the holidays, there are many more people on the road.
Teenagers have less experience on the road, and even if they are the safest drivers, they can still be victims of car accidents due to the negligence of other drivers. It is important that you talk with your teen about the ways that they can stay safe on the road. When your teen is armed with these skills, they will be much less likely to get into an accident or sustain an injury.
Remind them to Always Wear Their Seatbelts
Seatbelts can save lives during the most dangerous wrecks. It is important to teach your teens the necessity of fastening their seatbelt before they start driving. You can create rules in which they will lose their driving privileges if they do not fasten their seatbelt and you catch them.
Most newer cars will also have safety features that will beep at your teen until they finally put their seatbelt on. However, if your teen is in an accident without their seatbelt, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney to get the necessary compensation for injuries sustained.
Implement a Very Strict No-Texting Rule
Texting and driving can be almost as dangerous as drinking and driving. It is important that you make sure your teens aren't texting while driving. This is something that is going to be hard for most teens. However, make sure that you make it a huge point to not use phones in the car while driving. In most states, it is a huge offense to be texting and driving. Just teach your kids to put their phones down.
Teach them About the Dangers of Speeding
Some teens don’t know the true dangers of speeding and may do this once they get their driver's license. However, you need to teach them the dangers of speeding. They may not realize that they need to keep a cushion of room between the car in front of them to allow time to break quickly if the situation arises. You could also teach them by doing so yourself.
If your teen does sustain an injury in an accident, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney to get the compensation that your family deserves. However, implementing these tips should keep your teens safe on the road for years to come.
If you or your children do sustain an injury, don’t hesitate to contact Richard Schwartz and Associates.