Attorney Lee Arter Helping Parents Keep their Teen Drivers Safe

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Lee Arter, founder of the Law Offices of Lee Arter, lists the top five tips on how parents can keep their teen drivers safe.

Attorney Lee Arter

As a driver, a parent should set a good example by not speeding, not weaving in and out of traffic, not drinking and driving, not texting while driving, not talking on a cell phone while driving and always wearing a seat belt.

The primary reason for adolescents’ poor safety record is their lack of experience in handling a car and sizing up and reacting appropriately to hazardous circumstances, such as merging onto a highway, making a left-hand turn at a crowded intersection or driving in poor weather conditions “Inexperience aside, teenagers may lack some of the motor coordination and judgment needed to perform many of the complex physical maneuvers of ordinary driving,” said attorney Lee Arter, who focuses on personal injury and the rights of individuals who have been hurt by negligent drivers.

To help parents keep their teen drivers safe, Arter shares the following five tips:

No. 1: Ensure they get extra practice behind the wheel. “School driver’s-ed programs and private driving instruction typically provide a total of six hours on-the-road training, when the number actually needed to become reasonably proficient is closer to fifty hours,” said Arter. “As a parent, you should give your children as much time in the driver’s seat as possible.”

No. 2: Go beyond the basics. “Start with the basic skills, then introduce other scenarios to your teen driver, such as driving at night, on country roads, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, on freeways, at dusk, in rainy weather and so on,” stressed Arter.

No. 3: Spend an afternoon teaching your teen how to perform routine car maintenance. “This includes checking the air pressure in the tires, the water level in the battery, oil and transmission fluid and the windshield-wiper fluid,” added Arter. “Additionally, show him or her how to change a flat tire. Always see to it that your adolescent’s car meets all safety standards.”

No. 4: Provide your teen driver with a midsize or full-size car. “Ideally, your teen should be driving a midsize or full-size car equipped with airbags,” said Arter. “Furthermore, a big old car is preferable to a new compact, because it will offer more crash protection, and sport utility vehicles are also generally frowned upon for teens as their higher centers of gravity make them less stable and more likely to roll over.”

No. 5: Set a good example for your kids. “A parent is a role model, and should act like one,” concluded Arter. “As a driver, a parent should set a good example by not speeding, not weaving in and out of traffic, not drinking and driving, not texting while driving, not talking on a cell phone while driving and always wearing a seat belt.”

About the Law Offices of Lee Arter
The Law Offices of Lee Arter is dedicated to success in personal injury claims for accident victims throughout California. Mr. Arter is admitted to practice law in all State Courts of California and the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. For more information or a free consultation, please call (800) 799-9999, or visit http://www.lawyerlee.com. The law office is located at 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1280, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

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