Safety Tips for Jacksonville Teen Drivers and Parents

Driver looking at cell phone

It's back to school time. This means more cars on the road and more young drivers added into the mix. This is a great time to talk to you your young driver about being safe and keeping distractions out of the car. There is plenty of time during the day to check email, text friends and do whatever the young "cool" people do on their phones these days. Distracted driving needs to be taken very seriously because it can effect all of us who have to drop kids off at school and drive to work in the morning. 

Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or mind off driving. Distractions put yourself, your passengers and all other drivers on the road at danger. 

In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S... roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Common Distractions While Driving

  • Texting or talking on your cell phone
  • Changing music on your phone, Sirius Radio or car stereo.
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Talking to Passengers.
  • Putting on makeup, shaving or admiring yourself in the mirror. 
  • Daydreaming, thinking about work or a problem in life. 
  • Taking care of misbehaving kids or a baby in the back seat. 

Teen Driving Safety Tips

The Florida Highway Patrol's "We Arrive Alive" campaign has some good advice;

  • Stop speeding before it stops you. Obey all speed limits, stops signs, and traffic lights. Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage crashes.
  • Use turn signals to indicate your intention to turn or to change lanes and to give the drivers behind you enough time to react before you take the action. Then make sure the signal turns off after you’ve completed the action.
  • Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving. Don’t adjust the radio or any device, talk or text on your cell phone, put on make-up, comb your hair or eat while driving. Wait until you can pull over safely and stop because even taking your focus off the road for a few seconds could lead to a crash.
  • Don’t blast your music. You might miss hearing a siren or a horn that could warn you of possible trouble.
  • Share the road with others – watch out for motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians.
  • Don’t leave your car in cruise control when you’re driving late at night or when you’re tired. If you fall asleep at the wheel, the car will crash at the speed you’ve set your cruise control to maintain.
  • Be aware of the weather, traffic congestion and road conditions – stay alert!

Be safe this school year and talk to your young drivers. 

If You Have Questions About a Car Accident or Any Other Injury You Suffered

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883.

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