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How to Promote Teen Driver Safety

The first few months a teen spends behind the wheel are critical. Habits will form that they'll have for the rest of their lives, and the risk of an accident is highest during a teen's first 12 months or 1,000 miles driving. That’s why it’s important to encourage safe driving from the beginning. Here are some ways to promote teen driver safety.

Practice makesperfect. Most states have laws addressing teen drivers and restrictions related to how, when and with whom they may drive. Learner's permits, for example, allow teens to practice driving with a licensed adult driver before they apply for a driver’s license. The idea is to have an experienced driver teach and reinforce driving basics. Parents can make the most of this time by riding with their teen often – practicing first on less-traveled streets, moving to main  roads and then highways and freeways. Your teen should feel comfortable and confident in every traffic situation and environment.  Also remember to review things like how to pass another vehicle and what to do after a car accident.

Restrict driving times. Although teens do only 15% of their driving at night, 40% of serious accidents happen after dark, according to the Journal of Safety Research. Driving at night can be dangerous because of reduced visibility and more fatigued drivers.

Restrict the number of passengers. Passengers can distract an inexperienced driver. There may be state laws restricting the number of passengers in your teen's car. 

Reduce other distractions. Cell phones are distracting and can cause problems for both teens and adults. Even if your state does not ban the use of cell phones while driving, don't allow your teen to use the phone behind the wheel. Also to be discouraged: loud music that can drown out important traffic sounds.

When it comes to teen driver safety, practice is the best way to improve driving ability, and reducing distraction can greatly decrease the odds of an accident. If your teen is nearing driving age, and you'd like to learn more about the cost of auto insurance for teenagers, call Titan today for a free quote. While auto insurance for teens is typically more expensive than for adults, there are ways to save. Talk to your Titan agent today about discounts you may be eligible for.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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