High school and college graduations are milestones for young adults in more ways than one. For some, it’s the adventure of a new job or trip abroad. For others, it’s a right of passage that includes a new car or new apartment. If it’s a new car that your grad has his or her sights on, you’ll want to be sure you do your thorough research before you bite the bullet and sign on the dotted line. How do you choose what your young adult wants versus the best deal versus which one is the safest?
Consumer Reports offers a list of several vehicles that might meet the standards you seek, and is a great place to start when looking for the perfect set of wheels for your graduate. Safety features are important, and can only do so much to protect the occupants of the vehicle. Even more important is ensuring that your teen knows the rules of safe driving, causes for distractions, and what to do in case of an accident.
Recent reports show that young drivers can be guilty not only of distracted driving, but also drowsy driving. We know this isn’t only among truck drivers who have to travel long hours to make it to their destinations on time. When the combination of youth, drowsiness and distractions come into play, disaster could be looming for all involved. It’s no secret that many teens and young adults are sleep deprived. They study through the night for long hours preparing for tests and exams. They strive to reach the top of the employment ladder by showing up early and working late, and partying hard in between. In an Australian study, it was found the many accidents among young drivers occur between the hours of 8 p.m and 6 a.m., which is now leading to a discussion in that country about banning nighttime driving. But the ban may not be the solution. Making sure your young driver knows other risks can be part of the puzzle.
Here are some common distractions and situations that face teens and young adult drivers on a daily basis:
- Multitasking: Talking on the phone, talking to passengers, speeding through traffic—all at the same time.
- Drowsiness: The urge to make a good impression and score well on tests and on the job lead to long hours of sleepless nights.
- Texting: This continues to be a common problem and cause of many accidents while on the road.
If your teen has received a new vehicle as a birthday or graduation present, be sure they know the rules of the road. If your graduate or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, a personal injury case is best left in the hands of a professional New York law firm. Seek the help you need for your family and for your graduate so that they—and their vehicle—will have many more years on the road.