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Teaching your teen how to drive safely

Having a teen driver in the home can be incredibly stressful, especially once he or she is issued his or her driver's license and can legally head out on his or her own in North Carolina. Parents want the best for the children, but they also want them to be as safe as possible. Here are some tips for teaching your teen how to drive safely.

One of the most important things you can teach your teen is to turn off his or her phone and put it out of reach in the glove box. They need to make sure no alert tones can be heard so they are not tempted to look at the phone and use it while behind the wheel.

Preach the importance of watching the weather when teaching a new teen driver about safety. The weather can drastically affect how a vehicle handles on the roads of North Carolina. If a teen knows bad weather is in the future, he or she could consider leaving earlier than planned or not getting on the roads at all.

Teach your teen driver to use headlights at all times. This means even when they are driving during the day. Headlights only improve your vehicle's chances of being seen by other drivers. It takes a split second to turn the lights on, so be sure your teen driver gets into this habit.

Tailgating is a big problem on the roads of Wilson these days. You need to keep a safe following distance in order to allow for enough time to stop. For every 10 mph of speed, your teen driver should leave one car length in front of them and another vehicle.

It's a good idea to teach your teen to stay in his or her lane as much as possible. Unnecessary lane changes can lead to accidents.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case and how you can recover compensation for damages in Wilson, North Carolina.

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