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How teen drivers can stay safe

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Statistically, teen drivers are likely to get into accidents while traveling on Ohio roads and highways. However, there are a number of steps that they can take to minimize their risk of a crash. These include keeping distractions to a minimum, driving while sober, and maintaining a speed that is appropriate for road conditions.

Make sure you’re comfortable

Perhaps the easiest way to avoid distractions is to make sure everything is set properly before leaving home. This means adjusting the seat, finding a radio station or getting directions to a destination while parked in the driveway. You also want to make sure that mirrors are properly aligned and that your seat belt is properly secured before getting on the road.

Look past the car in front of yours

It’s common to put most of your focus on the vehicle directly in front of yours. However, you will ideally scan even further down the road for signs that traffic might be slowing or changing directions. In some cases, traffic may be slowing or being rerouted because of an accident or because a child or animal is in the road. Staying aware of what others are doing allows you to be proactive instead of reactive on the road.

Watch out for trucks

If you see a commercial vehicle on the road, try to get by it as quickly and safely as possible. Ideally, you’ll pass on the left as the driver’s blind spot is smaller on this side. As they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they take longer to stop and will struggle to take other evasive actions in a timely manner. Ultimately, steering clear of these larger vehicles can reduce your risk of a serious motor vehicle accident occurring.

If you are involved in an accident, other parties may be liable for any damages that you incur. Videos, photos and witness statements may make it easier to prove that you are entitled to a financial award for medical bills or other expenses.