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How to help your teen driver remain safe on the road

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers in the United States.

Although this is alarming, there's something you need to know as a parent: Teen motor vehicle accidents are preventable. With the proper education, you can do your part in keeping your teenage driver safe.

Before we go any further, here's a statistic to keep in mind: In 2014 alone, approximately 2,200 teens in the 16 to 19 age group were killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Along with the above, more than 221,300 were injured and treated in a hospital emergency room.

When it comes to prevention, there are several proven methods for helping keep teens safe on the roads:

1. Where a seat belt at all times

Regardless of age, everyone should wear a seat belt at all times. Get this: Of the teens who were killed in a passenger vehicle accident in 2014, more than half were not wearing a seat belt.

2. Drinking and driving education

Unfortunately, many teens experiment with alcohol. While this is never a good thing, it's even more dangerous when they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

3. Set rules

As a parent, you can set rules that help keep your teen driver safe. These can include things such as:

  • Not driving with more than one passenger in the car.
  • Setting a curfew to ensure that they aren't on the road after dark.

Over time, as your teen gains more experience, you can adjust these rules to provide more freedom.

Along with the above, it's essential to become familiar with the leading causes of teen motor vehicle accidents:

  • Inexperience
  • Driving with other passengers (those who are teens)
  • Neglecting to use a seat belt
  • Nighttime driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Reckless driving

As a parent, you can do your part in helping your teen avoid trouble on the road. Along with this, you can provide guidance on what he or she should do if involved in a car accident.

Although teens are responsible for many accidents every year, there are times when it's the other driver who acted in a negligent manner.

If your teen driver is put in this position, do whatever it takes to get him or her the best medical treatment. From there, you can focus on the steps you can take to receive compensation related to his or her injuries and other damages.

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