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Teaching teens driving technique may not prevent accidents

Many Connecticut parents get very anxious when their teenager prepares to get their driver's license. They want to keep their child safe when he or she is on the road, but feel helpless because they cannot be with their child at all times. However, there are valuable lessons that parents can pass on to their children in order to help make them better drivers and increase their awareness about the car they are driving and about road safety in general.

One of the first things parents can do is to familiarize their child with all of the controls and gauges in a car. They should have them sit in the driver's seat and then explain exactly what each gauge means and when these gauges indicate a problem. They should also remind them to use their seat belt and show them how to adjust it for a proper fit. The proper use of a seatbelt is imperative because according to The National Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 60 percent of individuals between the ages of 16 and 20 who were involved in a fatal car accident were not using their seat belts when the accident occurred.

Another very important step for parents is to teach their children all of the basic driving techniques. This begins with coordinating how to use the brakes and transmission shifter when starting the car, putting the car in gear when the car is running and stopping the vehicle by properly applying the brake. It also includes the proper hand position on the steering wheel and how to properly drive in reverse. Learning how to drive defensively in traffic is another critical skill to develop for all young drivers and parents should play a vital part in passing on this ability.

While these are helpful tips, there are still individuals of all ages who will not heed them and will drive negligently. Therefore, if a motorist is injured in an accident that involved another driver, that motorist may want to speak to a personal injury attorney in order to find out if negligence played a role in that crash.

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