When your teenager begins driving it can be both an exciting and stressful time for families. So how do you keep your teen driver safe? At Alliance Insurance Services of Fort Collins, CO, we encourage communication with your teens on safe driving. Here are some tips to protect your teens while driving:
#1: Do Not Use Cell Phones
Not only is cell phone usage dangerous while driving, it is against the law for drivers who have less than 12 months’ experience to talk or text while driving. Multiple studies have shown how distracting talking or texting can be while driving. And for the novice driver, this is even more dangerous.
#2: Obey the Speed Limit Signs
Unfortunately, speeding is a major cause of teen fatalities. It increases the stopping distance and decreases the time needed for teens to avoid a collision. Even if teens are only going 10 miles over the speed limit, this can nearly double the collision energy, which means they are more likely to crash.
#3: Minimize Driving Distractions
Inexperienced drivers are less likely to notice potential dangers on the road. And if they do, often it is too late. This is why it is so important to maintain focus while driving. Eating, drinking, and changing the radio station are all potential distractions that put your teen at risk.
Talk to your teens about driving safety and have a list of rules. Also, remember to set a good example and model the rules you set. Following driving safety rules not only reduces the risk of accidents, it results in a good driving record. And we all know this can help reduce insurance costs. For more information on automobile insurance for your teen driver, contact Allegiance Insurance Agency of Fort Collins, CO.