How to reduce the driving risk of teenagers

Most teenagers love the day they pass their driver’s license test. However, other drivers may not display the same excitement.

Due to their inexperience and other factors, teenage drivers pose a higher risk than other drivers when it comes to accidents. The good news is there are things that can reduce the chances of dangerous wrecks.

Parent involvement

According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents cause more teenage deaths than any other cause. Inexperience is the main reason, but others include driving at night, having other teens in the car and driving distracted. The CDC discusses how parents can make a big difference in improving the driving skills of their teens.

One way is to encourage them to practice driving and to ride along with them for a minimum of 30 hours. Take the teen out in varying conditions, such as in inclement weather, during heavy traffic, at night and in construction zones. Create a driving agreement that sets driving rules and consequences for breaking them.

State involvement

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, each state helps reduce teenage driving accidents by applying Graduated Driver Licensing programs. In Florida, the initial learner stage requires an adult driver along to supervise, and there is a minimum requirement of 50 hours behind the wheel, with 10 of them being during nighttime hours.

During the intermediate stage, the driver may drive unsupervised, but may not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. at the age of 16 and between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. at the age of 17. There is also a ban on texting for all drivers.