Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC | attorneys at law

Summer driving tips for teens

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Car Accidents

This summer will be many young drivers’ first chance to spend considerable time in their cars. Whether they just got their license or did so months ago, the long days combined with good weather and the time off from school make it a prime opportunity to explore.

Unfortunately, this is also the period when fatal crashes involving teen drivers are most likely to occur. Here are two teens should remember to help stay safe.

Only drive when fit to do so

Most kids have a lot of opportunities to drink or take drugs in the summer if they want to. Regardless of the legalities of this, they need to realize that doing so before getting into the driver’s seat puts people at risk and must be avoided.

Friends should also take some responsibility here. They should avoid encouraging a driver to use alcohol or drugs, avoid pushing them to drive after having done so and not endanger themselves by getting in a car with someone who is under the influence.

It’s not just alcohol and drugs that can make someone unfit to drive. A lack of sleep can do the same. Even if someone only drinks water, staying up partying all night could leave them unfit to drive well into the next day.

Don’t get overconfident

A young driver may feel confident in their ability to drive all day or navigate the entrance to a big city where a friend they want to visit lives. Yet too much confidence can be dangerous. Drivers should remember that it takes years to become truly proficient. They should build up their experience gradually, rather than jumping straight in at the deep end, as it only takes one tiny error to crash.

Young drivers should also remember that it’s not just their own driving they need to worry about. They can still do everything right and be hit by someone less careful. If this occurs, they should learn how to seek compensation.