There is a common assumption that teen drivers are a significant safety threat on the road and, to a certain extent, statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles support this theory. Of the 662,000 total crashes that occur every year on average, almost 63,000 involve drivers aged 15 to 19 years old – around 10 percent. However, another assumption doesn’t hold water: Though teen motorists are seen as being reckless and taking unnecessary risks, inexperience is just as much a factor in car accident.
For worried parents, the lack of experience is an issue that can only be overcome by encouraging practice, offering guidance, and establishing rules regarding your teen’s driving. Some vehicle safety features can provide support alongside these objectives, and may help prevent car accidents in Florida.
Electronic Stability Control: This technology will automatically apply the brakes, enabling a motorist to regain control over the vehicle if it starts to skid or slide on a slippery surface. Recovery skills are among the most difficult to master, which is of particular concern for teens who don’t have years of experience under their belts. Some estimates show that ESC has reduced the risk of fatal, single-vehicle collisions by up to 50 percent.
Automatic Braking: Similar to ESC, auto braking technology uses sensors or cameras to detect the speed of the vehicle as compared to objects ahead of it. When it identifies a considerable speed difference, the braking technology will slow or stop the vehicle.
Dash Camera: A camera can be your eyes and ears even when you’re not in the vehicle, helping you to ensure that your younger driver is responsible and focused behind the wheel of the car. Properly installed, a dash cam can even record key data if your child is involved in a crash and fault is an issue.
Lane Maintenance Alerts: Through use of sensors or video, lane departure warning systems issue a notification to the driver if the vehicle veers over the lane mark on the roadway. The technology is useful for teens who become distracted, but it’s also helpful for correcting fatigued drivers.
Technology and Mobile Apps: Parents can take advantage of devices like smart key fobs, which you can set to limit speed when your teen is driving and you’re not in the car. Some products can even block use of electronics. If you don’t have access to this technology, talk to your insurance company about in-vehicle monitoring features. Besides in-car solutions, parents can also download mobile phone apps that offer similar monitoring features, including the ability to watch speed and location.
Talk to an Ocala, FL Car Accidents Attorney About Your Rights
These vehicle safety features may ease some of your parental concerns about your teen driving, but crashes are an unfortunate reality. If your child suffered injuries, you do have rights as a parent. Please call the Ocala car accident attorneys at Piccin & Glynn to schedule a no-cost case evaluation regarding your options. You can reach our office at 352-581-6174 or via our website.