Helping Hands to North Carolina’s Youngest Drivers

Officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) have recently announced their partnership with ADEPT Driver to help push the teenSMART program.

This program is computer-based and works to help educate our newest drivers. It takes six important areas — the ones that cause the most teen accidents — and addresses them head on to help eliminate these risks before hazards strike. The program covers lifestyle issues, risk perception, space management, speed adjustment, hazard detection and visual search.
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“Half of all teenagers will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school,” said the NSC’s Janet Froetscher.

Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that there were close to 100 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were killed in North Carolina traffic accidents in 2011. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 200 teens altogether killed in traffic accidents in the state during the same year. Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Many of these accidents were the result of their inexperience behind the wheel. Unfortunately, young drivers don’t always properly perceive the dangers and risks out there and don’t adjust their driving habits to accommodate these risks. Before school lets out for the summer, we’re asking parents and guardians to step in, step up and talk with their young drivers about safe driving habits. Your influences can wind up saving their life.

Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use aggravate this problem.

All new drivers–even straight-A students and “good kids”–are likelier than experienced drivers to be involved in a fatal crash. It’s a fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teen drivers are four times likelier to crash than older drivers.

But you don’t have to do ALL the work. teenSMART is here to help. It’s here to offer teen drivers some structured driving practice through various simulations. Both parents and teens can participate and can learn how to work best with one another during this learning process. You will be able to purchase this program at driveitHOME.org, also a safe teen driving supplement from officials with the NSC. Involved, informed parents have long been considered the most influential factor in promoting safe teen driving.

As we recently reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, were currently in the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers. During this time, they’re spending even more time before the wheel and are facing the most severe risks for an accident. They’re soon out on summer break and will be out hanging with friends, cruising the street. While it’s all fun and games for them, it’s some serious concern for parents and guardians. Help minimize these risks and have that safe driving talk today!

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Asheville injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

May Kicks Off Hundered Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 13, 2013

Teen Driver Fatalities on the Rise in NC, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 25, 2013

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