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3 ways parents can help young drivers stay safe

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2021 | Auto Accidents

If a young driver crashes into you, you will probably have to deal with their parents. While the child is responsible, most parents would help their child handle the insurance and police.

While it is commendable that parents are there for their children in times of difficulty, the crash might never have occurred if they had paid more attention to their child’s driving beforehand.

Parents need to consider restricting a new driver’s freedom

Parents’ attempts to impose restrictions on kids can lead to arguments. Yet, unlike issues such as what time a teenager can stay out until or how loud they can play their music, driving can injure others. Here are some ways parents of new drivers can reduce the chance their child harms someone:

  1. Ensure the car is appropriate: If the only vehicle you own is a huge pickup, think carefully before letting your child borrow it. They can do a lot more harm in that than something smaller and less powerful.
  2. Do not let them drive too far at first: If your child wants to go to a concert in the next state, consider if they have the experience to drive there. Driving can be tiring, and staying alert for a long trip may be too much for a new driver.
  3. Check how they are progressing: Gaining a license does not mean your child is a good driver. It means they passed the test on the day. Traveling with them allows you to gauge how much freedom they can handle.

If a young driver injures you in a car crash, their parents may insist their child is a safe and responsible driver. Showing they were not on the day they crashed into you will be crucial to getting the compensation you need.