In many ways, young drivers can be very safe drivers on Florida’s roads. They have usually just completed drivers’ education classes recently, so they’re aware of all current laws and best practices and they have been practicing their driving skills diligently to get licensed. Young drivers may also take driving more seriously, because they associate with freedom.
At the same time, younger drivers face some challenges that can put them at risk of car collisions on Florida’s roads. For example, younger drivers don’t have much experience on the road and are statistically more likely to take risks and drive distracted. The right education and support, though, can empower young drivers to make responsible choices behind the wheel.
How to Help Young Drivers in Your Life Avoid Car Accidents
If you’re a parent, caregiver, or are in any way responsible for younger drivers, there are several things you do to help build their skills and confidence on the road.
- Talk about distracted driving. Young drivers are more prone to distractions, especially from mobile devices. Emphasize the importance of keeping their attention solely on the road, avoiding phone use, and using hands-free technology if necessary.
- Take steps to prevent impaired driving. Young drivers are at a higher risk of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Promote a zero-tolerance policy regarding impaired driving and educate young drivers about the potential consequences, both legal and personal, associated with such actions. Encourage alternative transportation options or designated drivers to ensure a safe journey. Be a safe ride home for the young drivers in your life.
- Offer support. Monitoring and supporting your young driver’s progress can instill responsible behaviors and accountability. Be a resource young drivers can turn to.
- Be a role model. Driving safely can be one of the most important things you can do. It gives young drivers an example of safe driving practices.
- Set rules about seat belts. It’s the law in Florida, so encourage young drivers to buckle up. Be prepared to revoke driving privileges if your children break these and other driving rules.
- Limit passengers. Studies show that for young drivers, especially, having too many passengers can increase distractions and the risk of accidents.
- Encourage ongoing training. Encourage young drivers to pursue ongoing education and training opportunities, such as defensive driving courses or advanced driver education programs. These programs build on driving skills taught in the classroom. Extra classes in driving make an excellent gift for the younger drivers in your life! They can even help young motorists reduce their insurance costs.
- Drive with them. Volunteer as someone that can ride along. Some studies have suggested younger drivers take fewer risks when there’s an adult in the car. In addition, driving together can help you start conversations about safe driving.
- Urge caution during nighttime driving. Highlight the increased risks associated with nighttime driving, such as reduced visibility and potential drowsiness. If you’re a parent of a teen, you might want to limit nighttime driving or only permit it if you’re in the car until your new driver gets used to driving at night.
- Celebrate driving achievements. Getting a license and learning to drive are big milestones. Recognize young drivers’ safe driving achievements and offer positive reinforcement to encourage responsible driving habits.
If you’re a young driver who has been injured in a car accident or if you’re a parent of a minor driver who has been injured in a crash, don’t let the collision sidetrack you on the journey to safe driving. In this situation, you can always call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to speak to a live person 24/7. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience and can schedule a free, no obligation consultation so you can speak with a car accident attorney on our team.