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The phone call that every parent of a teen driver does not want to receive is the call letting the parent know there has been an accident. The first concern is if everyone involved is okay. If no one is injured, then the focus shifts on damage to vehicles and property that sends a car to a San Antonio body shop.

Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers. Education and discussion on what leads to the most common collisions can help reduce the number of accidents. In 2016, more than 70,000 teens were involved in crashes in Texas and that includes some 13 to 15 year olds. Talking to teens and reminding them of the dangers is the first step to keeping a new driver safe.

Lack of Experience

Anything that requires learning and skill takes practice over time. That includes driving. In the first year of driving, teens are two to three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

Studies have shown that teen drivers are more likely to make critical errors because they are not able distinguish dangerous situations as well as more experienced drivers.

Speeding

When teens are behind the wheel, they are excited about this new experience and want to have fun. In some circumstances, having fun leads to speeding.

A study on teen driving shows male teens are more likely to demonstrate risky behavior while driving than female teens. The study showed that among male drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014, 36 percent were speeding.

Distraction

The most experienced drivers are easily distracted with today’s technologies, including smartphones and GPS. Combine distractions with less experience driving and that increases the chances for having a collision.

While many may think cell phones are the leading cause of distracted accidents among teens, interactions with others is the most common form of distraction that causes a crash for a teen driver.

We hope all teens take the advice they hear and lessons they learn seriously. The laws we have in Texas, such as speeding and banning the use of cell phones while driving, are to protect everyone on the roads and prevent collisions. If your teen does get in an accident and needs collision repair, our certified team of technicians at ProCare Automotive and Collision can repair your vehicle to manufacturers standards so it is safe to drive again.

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