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Tips For Teen Drivers In Florida

Tips For Teen Drivers In FloridaAccording to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are 800,000 teen drivers on the state's roadways. That number grows more and more each year. In other words, there are plenty of inexperienced operators driving around in The Sunshine State. Of course, parents and the government do their best to make sure the teenagers are educated and properly prepared to get behind the wheel, but still, the drivers account for many of the accidents that happen on our streets.

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 2,433 teens 16 to 19 years of age were killed in crashes in 2016 across the United States. Also, the study shows that 292,742 of the young adults required medical attention for injuries sustained in the incidents. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that experienced drivers give the teenagers advice and tips to stay safe out on the open road. Not only will the suggestions keep them safe, but they will keep others stay safe as well.

However, if you or a loved one become injured in such a crash, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages. So, before getting to the tips, we will take a moment to tell you about our firm. The team has been representing clients across southwest Florida for over 30 years. Feel free to take a peek at our results page to see some of the successful cases for yourself. Areas we serve include...

• Venice, North Port, Arcadia
• Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Englewood
• Punta Gorda And Fort Myers

Now, Back To The Topic At Hand, The Tips

Make Sure Everyone Is Buckled Up Before Starting The Engine

Seat belts are in cars for a reason, which is to keep people safe. It isn't cool or doesn't look cool not to wear one. The life-saving devices prevent drivers and passengers from flying through the windshield. They keep them in the seat where they belong and where other safety features such as airbags can protect them.

Obey Speed Limit Signs

It is not uncommon for cars to seem like they are flying past you on highways these days. However, teen drivers shouldn't feel pressured to keep up with the traffic. Speeding is a contributor to fatal accidents. Therefore, they should obey the limits, which with any luck, will help them avoid being involved in collisions. Plus, going too fast will likely land them a ticket, and if they get too many points on their license, it may get suspended or revoked.

Turn Smartphones Off

There is a purpose behind people always saying don't talk or text while driving. The distraction can make the operator lose focus on the task at hand. When distracted driving occurs, the risk of crash increases. Teens need to know that they can wait to see whatever Jenny or Doug have to say.

Don't Drink Or Do Drugs And Drive

Adults are not the only people that drive while impaired. Sometimes, teens attend parties or hang out at other places where alcohol and drugs are readily available. Parents like to give their kiddos the benefit of the doubt that they won't drink, smoke, or do whatever. But, experimentation happens in this world. So, guardians should make it a point to tell their teens about the potential dangers of getting behind the wheel in such a state. Also, they need to tell them to call for a ride if something does occur, and then, they can sort through the mess after the teenager has sobered up.