A few quick reminders to share with young drivers.
Teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their lack of skills and lack of experience. They speed, they make mistakes, and they get distracted easily–especially if their friends are in the car.
Parents and mentors play a critical role in preventing distracted driving. Use these talking points to help your teen develop safe driving habits.
- Drivers in Florida are permitted to talk on the phone, either through a handheld or a hands-free device. However, no one is allowed to text while driving.
- Distraction leads to speeding. Speed is a factor in 33 percent of car accidents for teenage drivers and their passengers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Never drink and drive. In Florida, an underage driver will face DUI charges if their BAC is .02% or higher, and they’ll have their license immediately suspended for six months. A second offense will result in a one-year suspension.