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How to talk to your teen about driver safety

If you have a teen driver in Virginia, it is important to have a talk about driver safety prior to handing the car keys over. After all, it is a lot better to prevent accidents before they happen than to have to deal with them after the fact. We here at Robert F. Rider, PLC want you to know that there are specific things you should discuss with your teen driver to help her or him remain safe on the roadways. 

According to The New York Times, automotive crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers in the United States. By following safety precautions and adhering to the law, accidents can be greatly minimized. Many crashes today are caused by distracted driving actions such as texting. Tell your teen to pull over in a safe location if they need to read or respond to a text. 

Be sure to impress upon your teen the importance of driving legally and with caution. Under no circumstances should your child ever drink alcohol or use drugs before getting behind the wheel. Review the laws in the driver handbook, especially the need to stay within the speed limit, since speeding results in an increased likelihood of getting into an accident. Also, explain to your teen the ramifications of speeding in terms of demerit points and what they do to your insurance premiums. 

Review with your child the possibilities of what might happen in an undesired scenario, such as getting into an accident. Also discuss what he or she should do if they are pulled over by the police for a traffic violation. For more information about traffic violations, please visit our web page.