Life can get even more stressful for parents when their teenager starts to drive. Teenagers are at an extremely high risk for auto accident injuries and fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accidents were responsible for eight deaths a day in 2009 for motorists between the ages of 16 and 19. These alarming statistics show a need for a reevaluation of the techniques we teach new drivers.
Our auto accident attorneys want new drivers to avoid these outdated driving rules in order to increase road safety.
- Old Rule: Hands at 10 and 2 o’clock position
It has been common practice to teach a “10 and 2” o’clock position on the steering wheel. However, the safer position for a driver’s hands is actually “9 and 3,” because it makes a full 180-degree turn possible. Another popular position is “8 and 4,” but this can lead to driver fatigue and be difficult for drivers with large stomachs or chests.
- Old Rule: Keep 2 Seconds Behind
“Most drivers were originally taught to follow 2 seconds behind the motorist in front of them. For better road safety, it’s recommended that drivers instead leave 3 to 4 seconds between vehicles,” says Scott Mann, auto accident attorney. “While following the other vehicle, choose a fixed landmark such as a sign or building. If you reach the same landmark before you count to 3, then you are following too close. Giving yourself more time to react to inclement weather, road conditions, and heavy traffic can greatly increase safety — especially for inexperienced teen drivers.”
- Old Rule: Left-Foot Braking
New drivers are being incorrectly taught to brake with the left foot and accelerate with the right. This can be extremely dangerous since it causes off-balance driving maneuvers. Riding the brake can also cause accidents by confusing other motorists of your intent. The safest solution is to brake and accelerate with the right foot only.
Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley is ready to fight for your case. Please call our office for a consultation if you or a loved one has been a victim. Our auto accident attorneys are honored to serve your case!