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Keeping teen drivers safe

Teen driving safety is a very important topic in communities across Southern California. In October, law enforcement agencies, together with other groups throughout the state, held Teen Driver Safety Week. The event increased awareness of some of the most common causes of accidents by teens, and some of the things that parents and teens can do to help reduce the chance that an accident may happen.

We wanted to take a few moments to discuss some safe driving tips for teens, and also provide parents with some information that they can use to help keep their kids from being seriously injured in a crash. Taking a few moments to review this information can help make roadways safer for all California motorists.

Staying safe behind the wheel

Teen drivers need to understand that things can happen with little to no warning. An accident can come out of nowhere, even if the driver is paying close attention to the road. If the driver is using a cellphone to call, text or use social media, the risk of an accident is greatly increased.

Distracted driving is a major factor in many teen crashes. Teens need to commit to staying off of their phones while driving. There are many apps and features that allow people to have a phone disabled while a car is in motion.

Help your teen learn how to be a safe driver

When your teen is first learning how to drive, you are their role model. They will do everything that they see you do behind the wheel. If you practice safe driving habits, you can help them understand what they need to do to avoid a serious incident.

Never use your phone while driving. Driver distraction is a significant factor in crashes for adults as well. If your teen sees you using your phone behind the wheel, they may think that it is safe to do so.

Also, talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and driving. Even if your child has never been in any trouble before in his or her life, they might find themselves in situations where a friend of theirs has been drinking and needs to give your child a ride home. They need to know it is ok to reach out to you for help.

A driver's license is a big first step for your kids. You want to be sure that he or she is able to enjoy that freedom responsibly. Make sure they understand the potential problems they may encounter behind the wheel, and what they can do to prevent an accident from happening.

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