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Important things teen drivers and their parents should discuss

 

Part of the allure of a new school year for teens is the chance to meet new people or reconnect with people they have not seen all summer. This may include going to parties, football games and movie premieres. The new school year can be especially exciting for teens who recently received their driver’s licenses.

With that anticipation comes the potential for disaster; even with the application of graduated license rules. After all, teen drivers are more likely to be in an accident than any other group of drivers. Because of this, teen drivers and their parents have important conversations about safety that they must have. This post will highlight some of the rules that must be established.

No cell phone use while behind the wheel – As much as distracted driving is a problem in New York, teen drivers should not contribute to it. Because of this, teen drivers should not use their cell phones while driving. If a text or a call is important enough, pulling over is the right thing to do.

No drinking and driving – Drivers under 21 years of age are prohibited from having alcohol in their systems anyway. As such, young drivers should realize that not only is drunk driving a crime, it can lead to tragic results.

Wear your seatbelt – Seatbelts can, and do, save lives. Enough said.

Obey the speed limit – Young drivers may not realize it, but excessive speed is a part of many fatal crashes.

Follow the law – It is important to know about the rules regarding the number of teen passengers a young driver may have in their vehicle.

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