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How to talk to teens about car accidents

Being able to drive a car for the first time is an exciting experience for teenagers. However, it is also a dangerous one. The Missouri Primary Care Association found that teens are more likely to be in a car accident when compared to adults. Part of this is due to the fact that teens are more likely to not understand when they approach a dangerous situation. 

Parents looking out for the best interest of their teens should talk to their kids and set clear boundaries in regards to driving. A simple talk can do wonders for reducing a teen's risk of being in a car accident

Bring up facts and statistics

Parents should not simply utilize scare tactics to get their kids to driver safer. Teens will probably not respond to this well. Instead, simply provide clear facts, such as the fact most fatal crashes involving teens were a result of speeding. During this conversation, it is important to not accuse the teen of speeding or engaging in dangerous behaviors. Make it clear you are simply looking out for the teen's overall well-being. 

Talk about cell phone use

Teens are more likely than other demographics to use a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. As a precautionary measure, you can tell your teenager you want to install an app on his or her phone that limits use while driving. Plenty of apps are available, and by being open and upfront about installing an app, your teen will be more open to the idea. 

Discuss effects of alcohol

Your teen may drink while still in high school. It may not be ideal, but it is important to recognize it as a possibility. Therefore, you want to tell your teen to never drive after drinking. In fact, you can establish a safety system where your teen can text you if he or she ever needs a ride home without any consequences. 

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.