Teen drivers are one of the most vulnerable groups of motorists on the roads in Knoxville. When distractions are present, their risk of collisions and injuries increase substantially. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers are more likely to die from motor vehicle accidents than any other cause of death. Parents should encourage their teens to learn how to avoid distractions while driving so they can reduce their risk of car accidents and fatal injuries.

Pre-trip preparation

Many teens do not inspect their vehicles before they get into them. They should adjust all mirrors, seats, climate controls and entertainment settings before hitting the roads. Adolescent drivers should also plan their routes and check weather conditions before they start driving.

Focus on the roads

When teens get behind the wheel, they should focus all of their attention on the roads. Driving is an activity that requires a great deal of focus. Teen motorists should actively scan the roads for pedestrians, traffic signs and signals and monitor their mirrors so they can avoid obstacles, vehicles and people.

Put away electronic distractions

It is no secret that many young adult drivers overestimate their driving abilities. They become super confident and think they can drive safely while doing other things like using their cellphones. Teens should refrain from suing their cellphones and electronics. Many newer vehicles are equipped with hands-free technology that can also lead to distractions. Teen motorists should only use their electronic devices in emergency situations.

Getting teens to avoid distractions while driving may seem challenging to some parents. CNN.com reports that “51 percent of teenagers witness their parents using their mobile devices while they operate their vehicles.” Teens tend to mimic their parents driving behaviors. Parents should practice what they preach, so their teens will become safer drivers.

Teenage car accidents are frequent occurrences. Many of those situations are preventable with the proper reinforcement of good and responsible driving habits.