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Is Your Tennessee Teen Ready to Get Behind the Wheel?


An ounce of preventative education is worth a pound of personal injury cure when it comes to preventing teenage driving accidents. The more parents prepare their teenagers to get behind the wheel, the less likely they are to engage in dangerous driving behaviors that can cause an accident.

Familiarize Teenagers with the Rules

It is always a good idea to begin familiarizing teenagers with automobile terminology, operation, maintenance, etc. long before they take the wheel with a driver's permit. Being open and answering questions will ease the transition from the passenger seat to the driver's seat. Parents should also familiarize their children with driving laws, rules, societal norms, and known driving hazards in the area that the child will encounter when they begin driving.

Parental education should always be backed up by professional drivers education instruction. Driver's Ed instructors provide thorough and in-depth lessons that give teenagers a chance to ask questions and learn from their peers who are also preparing to take to the road. Moreover, successful completion of these courses can also help reduce the overall insurance burden that will come with adding a teenager to the parent's insurance policy.

Naturally, every teenager wants to receive their driver's license at the earliest possible moment. However, not all teenagers are the same and some simply may not be mature enough to handle the responsibility of driving when the law says they can. As such, parents should use their own judgment to determine when their child is ready to drive. Doing so just might save the child's life.

Finally, practice makes perfect and parents should plan to spend significant time practicing driving with their child. These "one on one" sessions should include a review of the rules of the road, local laws, driving behaviors, etc. It should also include thorough discussions about drunk driving, drugged driving, and drowsy driving. These are leading causes of teenage driving fatalities and parents should not "sugar coat" the risks they pose to their teenager's health and safety.

A car accident lawyer in Tennessee can meet with teenagers and their parents to discuss the legal issues inherent to operating a motor vehicle. Meeting with a lawyer is an effective method of informing teenagers of the liabilities they can be responsible for when they get behind the wheel. It won't be a fun meeting, but it could be the one meeting that keeps the child from ending up in a hospital or the defendant's chair.

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