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Help your teen avoid common driving distractions

As the parent of a teenager, it goes without saying that you worry every time he or she takes to the road. While this is only natural, you know that you can only keep a close watch on your child for so long.

Rather than let your teen hit the road with no guidance, it would be in your best interest to provide advice on how to avoid common driving distractions. By taking this approach, you can do your part in ensuring the safety and well being of your child.

Here are some of the things to discuss:

  • Turn off your cellphone when driving. Your teen may not like this rule, but it's one that can ensure that he or she doesn't text and drive.
  • If you must have your cellphone on, use a hands-free device. For example, you may like your teen to leave his or her phone on so that you can touch base if necessary. In this case, a hands free device is necessary.
  • Limit the number of people in the car. Make it clear to your teen that he or she should not have more than one person in the vehicle at a given time. Multiple passengers increase the likelihood of a distraction in the vehicle.
  • Discuss the dangers of using a GPS system or adjusting the radio while driving. When your teen takes his or her eyes off the road and hands off the wheel, the chance of an accident is much greater.

When you talk about these things with your teen, you can help him or her avoid common driving distractions that can cause accidents.

Here's something else to remember: Just because your teen is paying attention to the road it doesn't mean that other drivers are doing the same. For example, another driver could become distracted, such as by texting and driving, thus involving your child in a serious car accident.

If your teen is injured in a motor vehicle accident, help him or her receive the best possible treatment. From there, work with the authorities and your legal team to learn more about the accident and your rights. You may be in position to help your teen file a lawsuit. Doing so could lead to compenseation that can be used to pay for medical bills, future treatment, and other damages.

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