Teen driver crash risk is highest within first three months

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2023 | Car Accidents

Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting situations for Massachusetts teens. However, within the first three months afterwards, they are at a much higher risk of getting into a crash. These are some of the biggest reasons why this is the case.

Teens and higher crash risks

One of the main reasons teens have a higher crash risk is their inexperience. They may not always be sure how to react in various situations; this naturally leads to mistakes made behind the wheel.

Teens are also more likely to take risks behind the wheel. These behaviors include texting, eating and other distracted driving habits, speeding and driving with teen passengers. Unfortunately, having friends in the vehicle increases the risk of teen drivers taking additional risks that can pose serious dangers to them and everyone sharing the road. Other issues that can lead to car accidents are driving after dark or while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Keeping your teen safe

As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that your teen stays safe when venturing out on their own to drive after getting their license. One way you can do that is to get them further driver education so that they understand the risks and know how to react in different situations. Defensive driving is one of the best ways they can develop strong skills behind the wheel and reduce their risk of motor vehicle collisions.

Setting ground rules is another way to keep your teen driver safe. Instill smart driving behaviors in them as early as possible; while they still have a permit is best because it stays with them. Ensure that their cell phone is set to do not disturb mode and that they only use it for emergencies when driving.


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