Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Teen Driving at the Holidays: Car Accidents Happen

Teen driving.  One of the major steps into adulthood for a teenager.

As most parents of teens know, when their child is of age to get their drivers license, it can be a day of freedom for them and stress for you.
Are they ready for this major responsibility?  Do you know the dangers of distracted driving?  Are they familiar with the car's equipment?  Have you had them sign a safe drivers contract?

Although accidents are never predictable, it is very possible your teen will eventually experience an auto accident.  Safety first always, and whether it is a fender bender or a serious crash, being prepared is part of being ready to take the wheel.

Always have your insurance card, registration and driver's license when you get behind the wheel.  Whether you are pulled over for a traffic infraction or in an accident, you will need these three items.

American Family Insurance has quicklist of tips if you or your teen are in an auto accident.  It is wise to review them with your new teen driver and even yourself.
  1. Stop your vehicle as quickly as possible, keeping safety in mind.
  2. Warn oncoming traffic by using your emergency flashers.
  3. Help the injured, but don't move them unless absolutely necessary.
  4. Call the local police or sheriff, or the state patrol.
  5. Don't talk about the accident to people other than authorities, such as the local police, sheriff or the state patrol. Don't sign any statements except for those requested by the authorities.
  6. Make an accident report to the police. If the police will not come to the accident scene, make sure you report it, even a hit-and-run.
  7. Report the accident to your insurance company.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens!

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