Does your teen know what to do after a car crash?

Did you know that 1 in 4 teens will get in a crash during their first year of driving? That’s a scary statistic for parents.

Fortunately, most of those crashes will be fender benders. But no matter how serious the accident, it’s important for your teen to know the basics of what to do when a crash occurs.

It all starts with a conversation. Before your teen hits the road, have a chat about safe driving. You might want to talk about texting while driving, applying makeup behind the wheel or driving too fast on slippery roads. Experts say parents play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths.

Next, make sure your teen knows what to do after an accident. Go over all the basics, including where to find the insurance information, who to call and what questions police officers might ask. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the process exactly. We’ve included a quick refresher that will help you, and your teen, know what to do once the car comes to a stop after a crash.

  1. Take a deep breath and check to see if anyone is hurt.
  2. Call the police and report any injuries.
  3. Move your vehicle to a safe location that doesn’t put you or police officers at risk. This may include a parking lot or a highway off-ramp. On a freeway, officers encourage drivers involved in minor collisions to take the nearest exit.¬†However, make sure you know your state laws on this step. Some states want motorists to remain where they are without moving the vehicle.
  4. Don’t get into a confrontation with the other driver. Information can be exchanged with the other driver, but don’t discuss fault. That’s up to the police. Jot down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  5. Carry a driver license with you and know where the vehicle registration and insurance information are located.
  6. Call your parents.

A car accident can be a harrowing experience for younger drivers. So make sure your teen driver is prepared. And let them know that their safety is the most important thing on your mind.

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