Regardless of whether you are a new driver or have been driving for a very long time it’s a sad fact of life that even if you are a careful driver accidents happen. The best advice is to always be prepared.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers.
- Nemours has information for teens about “What to Do After a Car Accident.” You will find advice on staying calm, staying safe, reporting the incident, the aftermath, and information on other road problems like breakdowns and flat tires.
- The CDC has produced a fact sheet regarding teen drivers, and also suggests that the best way to prevent teen car accidents is to implement graduated licensing . You’ll find more information on graduated licensing on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration site.
- The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has also produced a fact sheet that includes statistics regarding teens and motor vehicle accidents.
- Many insurance companies offer advice to parents and teens. Inquire with your insurance company. For one example visit Allstate for valuable safe driving resources.
- Safe Driving for Teens from MedlinePlus.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles “If you are in an accident, you are required by NYS Vehicle and Traffic law to stop and exchange information with the involved drivers.” Visit the site for more information.
Edmunds.com has developed an action plan with information on “What to do after a car accident.
“What to Do After a Car Accident” from CNN
“What to Do After a Car Accident” from Cars.com
“What to Do After a Car Accident” from State Farm
Concerned about re-using a car seat after a minor crash? The NHTSA has important recommendations.
Are you looking to purchase a new vehicle and have safety in mind? Visit Safercar.gov a service of U.S. Department of Transportation. You will find information on car seats, safety recalls, child safety seat inspection station locators, and new car buying advice with information on 5 star ratings.
If you’ve been on the road lately I’m sure you’ve driven behind someone slowing down and then speeding up, weaving into one lane and then back. If you’re lucky enough to finally get passed them you may notice that while you are busy keeping your eyes on the road they have been texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, shaving (yes I’ve seen that – I actually passed a man in a convertible shaving his head!) We all know it’s a problem and the federal government is trying to get us all to stop driving distracted. Visit Distraction.gov for a brochure for parents and teens and other important information.
Be safe, drive smart.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services