Back-to-school season in full swing, and that means high school juniors and seniors will be starting driver’s ed and venturing out onto local roads.
Preparing Young Drivers for Back-to-School Driving
Let’s face it; getting a driver’s license is one of the biggest milestones in a teenager’s young adult life. It means freedom, independence, and responsibility. The best and safest drivers on the road all have years of driving experience, something that, by nature, a teenager can’t have. As a result, it is young drivers who make the most mistakes and unintentionally endanger the most lives on the road.
In fact, driving teens (ages 16-19) are 3 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than any other age group. Despite being only 14% of the population, teen drivers are involved in 30% of the costs of all motor vehicle injuries. Also, teens are even more likely to cause a crash if they are driving with teen passengers or if it’s their first month with their licenses. Plus, we all know how easily teens are distracted in the smartphone age!
This should all make sense, really—without driving experience, young drivers are more likely to misjudge situations, forget important traffic laws, and miscalculate the size and speed of their cars.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones are properly taken care of in the event of an unfortunate, unavoidable accident. Aside from the fundamentals (wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit, be alert, and drive defensively), you should also make sure that you have full Uninsured Motorist Coverage, especially with the sheer amount of uninsured drivers on the road.
Bottom line—should an accident happen with an uninsured driver, you will need a comprehensive uninsured motorist plan from your insurance company (not just the bare minimum) to recover fully. Trust us, it’s easier to ask these questions beforehand than after the fact.
Anchorage attorney Ben Crittenden has represented many Alaskans, helping them obtain the compensation they need and protecting that recovery from those who may seek to take advantage of them. Even if you aren’t sure of your rights, call The Law Office of Ben Crittenden today to speak directly with Ben and take that first step toward getting back to your normal life.