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Proper Teen Driving Safety

February 23, 2020
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Here are some of the most helpful safety tips you can use to instruct your teenager on driving properly and safely while on the roads of New Mexico for their first time. 

Vehicle Components

Proper Teen Driving SafetyYou should always teach your teen driver about the parts of the car. Show them where the gas and brake pedals are located, teach them how to adjust their mirrors properly, and make sure they know how to work the clutch on a manual vehicle -- if applicable.

If your advice is a conflict with what is taught in their driver’s education course, walk back your comments. It’s not a good idea to confuse a new driver, so always assume that their driver’s education instructor is correct.

Your teen driver should also know how to operate essential components, like the lights, windshield wipers, and the car horn. You should also show them how to work less essential components, like the radio and AC, as well. 

Driver Awareness

Perhaps the most crucial safety tip that a parent can teach someone learning to drive is awareness. Teach your teens to carefully scan their surroundings while behind the wheel. Just looking at what’s ahead of them isn’t enough. Young drivers need to learn how to scan the surrounding area for potential hazards and other dangers.

Offer tips on how to monitor their environment. For instance, you should teach them to always look through their rear windows when changing lanes to ensure that they don’t miss checking their blindspot.

Also, young drivers need to know that speeding motorists often show up in their peripheral vision, so that they should always keep a close eye on the road. 

Risk Aversion

Showing your kids how to drive properly, without taking risks, is a crucial tip for parents guiding a young driver. Tell them not to run stop signs and yellow lights. Teach them defensive driving habits like allowing aggressive drivers to pass.

Also, tell them to always avoid texting or answering the phone while driving. Driving while distracted or tried causes many crashes each year. Don’t let your kid turn into a statistic. Make sure your teen knows about safe driving practices and tell them how to avoid distractions and other risks while driving.

Additionally, tell them to keep the radio turned down and that they shouldn’t drive with distracting passengers. Blasting the radio loudly and noisy passengers can drown out important sounds you may need to hear. Phones aren’t the only form of distraction. Make sure your young driver has focus and concentration behind the wheel. 

Teen Driving Crashes in New Mexico

Teen drivers are less equipped to deal with the risks of the road. 11 percent of drivers involved in deadly crashes were between the ages of 15 and 20. Each year, around 196,000 teens are injured in car crashes annually.

Injured victims should consult with a qualified Albuquerque car crash attorney after an accident. Will Ferguson & Associates can help you bring a reckless driver to justice. Contact our offices at (505) 243-5566 to see how we can help.

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