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How teens can stay safe while driving

Teen drivers are statistically more likely to get into car accidents while driving on Oklahoma roads and highways. However, there are a number of steps that they can take to minimize their risk of causing a collision or otherwise putting themselves and others in danger.

Avoid distractions

Anything that takes your focus off of the road can be considered a distraction. However, most people tend to be distracted by their cell phones as well as their center consoles. The center console is the part of the dashboard where you can change a radio station, get directions or manage temperature settings. Ideally, you will shut your phone off and put it out of reach while your car is moving. It’s also a good idea to select a radio station or adjust temperature settings before leaving home. Finally, you should refrain from eating or talking to passengers as it can cause you to take your focus off the road.

Consider road conditions

If roads are wet or covered in snow, you should reduce your speed and your following distance. In some cases, you’ll need to go slower than the posted speed limit to minimize your risk of causing a motor vehicle accident. This is because your tires will likely have a harder time making contact with the road, which means that the car will need more space to stop.

If you are involved in an accident, you may incur extensive property damage as well as significant injuries. In the event that another party caused the wreck, you may be entitled to compensation to replace items that were lost or damaged. You may also be entitled to recoup medical bills or other losses related to a concussion or broken bones caused by the defendant’s reckless actions.