Do you have a teen or 20-something that will be taking a road trip this spring break? Teenage drivers are the most common to get in car accidents than any other age group. Teaching your children safe driving is very important, but even more so when they are going on long journeys with friends.

Limit Distractions
While having a car full of friends with the radio turned up is fun, it is also very distracting. Limit the amount of people in your teen’s car if possible, and make sure they stay focused on the road. Getting to their destination safely is more important than loud music.

No Cell Phone
Talking on the phone or texting while driving is never a good idea. There is nothing more important than paying attention while you are driving.

Defensive Driving
Make sure your teen is practicing defensive driving. Keeping at least one car length worth of distance between them and the car in front of them at lower speeds, and 2 car lengths at higher speeds. Also remember, they should look in their rear view mirror every 30 seconds to make sure they are aware of your surroundings.

Choose a Safe Car
If your teen is planning on taking a road trip and their car isn’t in the best shape, it might be a good idea to let them borrow a safer car. Try to set them up in a car that has the latest safety equipment and an excellent crash safety record.