The roads are dangerous enough for your teen when the weather is good. However, the risks increase exponentially when the weather and road conditions turn bad. As a parent, you should teach your teen driver everything you can about operating a vehicle when road conditions become dangerous.
Driving in the Rain
Rain produces wet and slick road conditions. Many auto accidents are caused when a driver loses control of their vehicle and slides off the road or out of their lane of traffic. When it is raining, your teen should:
- Drive slower than they normally do. It’s okay to drive under the posted speed limit.
- Make sure the tires have the proper tread before you let your teen leave the driveway.
- Use the air conditioner or defroster, which can help improve visibility.
- Always drive with the headlights turned on.
Driving in the Fog
Fog reduces visibility. Most drivers do not know how to safely drive when it is foggy. Teach your teen to:
- Slow down. They may want to pull into a parking lot until the fog lifts.
- Switch the headlights to low beam, whether it’s day or night. Never use the high beams.
- Stay to the right of the road.
- Stay a safe distance behind the car ahead.
- Turn on the hazard lights if they should have to pull off to the side of the road.
Snow and Ice
Snow and ice create some of the most dangerous road conditions. If your teen must be on the road when it is snowing, they should:
- Maintain a slow and steady speed.
- Use brakes cautiously.
- Slow down and avoid sudden changes in speed when approaching a bridge or overpass.
- Consider carrying tire chains.
Consider Whether or Not they Should Be on the Road
It may be better to not allow your child to drive in bad weather. Their lack of experience can be a major factor in them getting involved in a serious collision. Consider driving them yourself to their destination or keeping them at home.
If the Unthinkable Should Happen
No matter how safe of a driver your child is, not all traffic accidents can be avoided. The fact that they cannot control the driving habits of those with whom they share the Virginia roadways means another driver’s negligence can result in your child becoming seriously injured.
If your child has been injured in an accident; it is paramount that you ensure their rights are protected. At Tavss Fletcher, we have represented countless accident victims. Our goal is for your teen to get the best medical care possible and the highest compensation possible for their injuries.
If you or your child has been seriously injured in an accident, call a Virginia Beach auto accident attorney at Tavss Fletcher at (757) 625-1214. We will help you build a solid accident injury case.