There are several things you shouldn’t do when behind the wheel of a vehicle like text a friend back, speed well beyond the posted speed limit, consume alcohol—and drive blindfolded. While it might be obvious to you and other experienced drivers that these are all considered to be risky behaviors that can lead to a car accident occurring, it may not be as obvious to a teenager who is just learning how to drive or has only been driving for a short period of time.
Here is an example that illustrates this.
According to CNN, a teenager from Utah attempted to complete what is known as the Bird Box challenge while driving her vehicle. The challenge originated from a Netflix firm starring Sandra Bullock involving characters who wear blindfolds “to avoid seeing a mysterious force.” The challenge itself, however, involves individuals attempting to move around while wearing a blindfold. With the challenge becoming viral over the internet, you can only imagine what some people are attempting to do while having their eyes covered.
The news outlet reported that the 17-year-old covered her eyes with a beanie as she was driving on Layton Parkway. While driving with her eyes shielded, the teen lost control of her vehicle which then “skidded into the westbound lanes of Layton Parkway and hit another car.” She then hit a light pole. The driver also had a 16-year-old passenger traveling inside the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. Netflix went on to send out a message on Twitter warning viewers against the Bird Box challenge and stated, “We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
Now, if you have a teen driver, although they may not be quite the risk taker, the fact is, when you aren’t sitting in the vehicle with them, they are more likely to engage in careless or risky behavior than when you are in the vehicle with them. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that “teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash” [Source: healthychildren.org]. With that in mind, below are a few things Healthychildren.org encourages you to share with your teen driver that can help them become a safe and cautious driver.
Tips on Helping Your Teen Become a Safe and Cautious Driver
- Give your teen additional practice behind the wheel, even if they claim they “know how to drive.” The only way a teen driver is going to become better at driving is with experience, and there is no better person to do this with than their parent who is looking out for their best interest.
- Introduce your teen to additional scenarios they may encounter when driving alone. For instance, how to safely drive at night which can be a challenge for many, how to drive on country roads if your home is located nearby to them, how to safely drive in bumper to bumper traffic, and how to best operate their vehicle on a freeway.
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teens should “not receive an unrestricted license until age 18 or until they have been driving under adult supervision for at least two years” [Source: healthychildren.org].
- Spend some time with your teen and teach them how to inspect their vehicle for things like low air pressure in their tires, low oil and transmission fluid, and how to change a flat tire.
- Review with your teen the various features their car has and how to use them properly.
- Review with your teen in depth the rules of the road and ensure they understand why they need to be followed.
It is important to spend an adequate amount of time with your teen driving so that they can gain the experience they need which, in turn, will help prevent them from engaging in an accident or causing one themselves. In the event your teen was recently involved in a wreck in Shreveport, LA and you are seeking legal aid to help you recover compensation for the injuries they sustained, contact the LA car wreck attorneys at Campbell, House & Cummins. Our attorneys will be more than happy to help you understand what your legal rights as a parent and how to exercise them so that justice is served and your teen receives the care and treatment needed so they are able to work toward recovery.
Contact us today at 318-855-0285 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who is ready and willing to help you and your family.
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