Last updated 19 hours ago
Your behavior as a parent does not go unnoticed by your children. In fact, it is likely that they look to your actions as an example for their own. So if you engage in distracted driving habits, they may as well. Studies indicate that an overwhelming number of parents behave in ways that could put themselves, their children, and other people on the road at risk. Cell phone usage is a top concern for road safety experts. However, even activities such as eating while driving or applying makeup could cause accidents. While you might think that your children are too preoccupied to notice your habits, they could mimic them in the future once they are old enough to drive.
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Last updated 7 days ago
Your teen completed his driver’s education. He passed his driving test. He received his license. There’s seemingly no obstacle left between him and the road. However, just because your teen is legally able to drive doesn’t mean he necessarily should. Not all 16-year-olds mature at the same rate. For some, responsible driving is second nature. For others, it’s a skill that takes time to develop. As a parent, it’s up to you to determine whether he is ready for this significant responsibility.
Evaluate His Driving Skills
Before you can consider giving your teen keys to your car, let him take you for a ride in it. Carefully examine how he drives. He might have been on his best behavior while taking his driving test, but will he display the same level of competence with you? Does he roll through stop signs? Is he prone to speeding up through yellow lights? If you do not feel comfortable with your teen’s driving skills, he is not ready to drive on his own.
Consider His Common Sense
Take a moment to mentally review how your teen acts in other circumstances. Does he check his cell phone at the dinner table after you instruct him to leave it alone? Does he ride his bike without wearing his helmet? These actions may initially appear to have no relationship with your teen’s driving sense, but they can greatly impact his behavior while behind the wheel. An inability to ignore his cell phone or a disregard for his safety can translate into distracted driving and missing seatbelt issues.
Ask Him About His Feelings
Some teens might feel like they must start driving as soon as they get their licenses even if they themselves don’t feel ready. If you sense that your teen is too apprehensive to drive, talk to him about it. Once he feels comfortable enough to discuss his feelings with you, you might find that you both are not ready to have him on the road.
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Last updated 14 days ago
You cannot avoid the fact that your teen will one day receive his driver’s license. However, you can help protect him from becoming another teen driver statistic. Though auto accidents account for more teen fatalities than any other cause, you can instill in your teen the skills and sensibility he needs to be safe on the road. Consider these tips for shaping your teen into a responsible and competent driver:
Have you signed up your teen for driving lessons? This step can help him learn the basic rules of the road, but driver’s education typically entails few real-time driving hours. You must supplement his training by taking the time to drive with your teen. Bear in mind as well that just because an older sibling caught on quickly when he first learned to drive, this child might need more time. Never speed up your teen’s driving practice. Also, pay attention to his growing skill set, as it is a key indicator of his readiness to be on the road.
Distracted driving takes countless lives each year. Be sure that your teen understands the gravity of this growing problem and do what you can to diminish his inclination for it. For instance, tell him to turn off his phone while in the car. Discuss the danger of peer pressure as well. Give him strategies to get out of potentially hazardous situations, such as when friends want him to drink and drive.
Be clear with your teen about the impact of poor driving decisions. If you implement a regulation that his driving privileges will be revoked if he gets a speeding ticket, abide by it. Should you notice him checking his phone while in the car, take it away. Only by recognizing that his choices come with clear effects will he be more likely to respect both your rules and those of the road.
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Last updated 21 days ago
Running a red light or a stop sign could result in tragedy if a pedestrian is crossing the street. This video demonstrates the potential consequences of aggressive driving.
Many drivers assume that they can get away with speeding until a pedestrian steps into their path. Some might even suppose that they can brake in time to avoid an accident. However, speeding restrictions are put into place for the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. Going above the posted limit could lead to major injuries or even fatalities if the car cannot brake or if the pedestrian cannot get out of the way in time.
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Last updated 5 days ago
Creating an emergency car kit is an essential safety precaution for any family. Even if you don’t know much about how cars work, having the right tools and supplies handy can help you avoid turning a minor inconvenience into a major breakdown.
Year-round supplies should include a basic tool set, extra fuses, a flashlight, a first aid kit, jumper cables, and emergency food and water. Your car should also have a spare tire, a jack, and a tire iron for the lug nuts. During the winter, consider packing hand warmers, a poncho, blankets, and other items that can keep you warm and dry in case you get stranded.
You can also download our free auto accident iPhone app or keep a checklist of important contacts and information in the event of an accident. The Law Office of Neil Flit has extensive experience in auto accident cases in Atlanta, and we can provide personalized and reliable legal guidance to help you protect your rights. Call (678) 809-7428 to set up a free case evaluation.