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Tips on Keeping Teenagers Safe Behind the Wheel

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Car crashes are the nation’s #1 killer for teenagers. Every year, nearly 5,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes and nearly 375,000 injured. Making sure your teenager is safe behind the wheel should be your number 1 priority.

Here are some help tips to keep your teenager safe:

• Discuss when, where, how, and with whom your teen is allowed to drive.
• Limit the number of passengers in the car. Laughter, music, and cell phones can create serious distractions which increase with every additional passenger.
• Establish and enforce a curfew.
• Insist that your driver (and all passengers) wear seat belts at all times. They may not be cool, but seatbelts save lives. (And, in some states, it’s the law.)
• Create a no-cell zone. Talking on the phone is a dangerous distraction on the road for drivers of any age. Know the applicable laws in your county or state,        as these are changing rapidly and fines can be significant.
• Consider limiting or supervising your teen’s driving privileges during accident high-risk times (such as Friday and Saturday nights).
• Set driving-area limits. If your teen wants to travel outside your town or city, require that he or she request your special permission.
• Prohibit driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prohibit riding as a passenger with a driver who’s unfit to drive. Encourage your teen to call for a          ride home if needed.

Remember always to have property auto insurance. For more information on how to obtain cheap auto insurance for teenagers, please to the “Cheap Teen Auto Insurance” section of this site.