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All-weather driving tips and accident advice for teens

Help your new driver establish good habits for bad weather driving and accident protocol.

Your teen drivers are bound to encounter bad weather on the road. Are you confident they can handle it? Help prepare them with these driving tips for traveling in heavy rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, and other severe weather. Also, if bad weather is in the forecast, be sure that an experienced driver goes along to help them learn to handle the elements.

Establish safe driving habits

Rain on a car windshield

Driving too fast for road conditions is a leading cause of crashes involving teen drivers. Talk to your teens about the importance of slowing down and taking these additional precautions:

  • Increase following distance when traveling on wet roads and snow-packed surfaces.
  • Brake slowly and only when traveling in a straight line.
  • If you hydroplane, take your foot off the accelerator and keep the wheels pointed straight ahead.
  • Use low beams or fog lights when traveling in dense fog.
  • Have your teen do lots of practice driving in a variety of weather conditions.
  • As always, be sure all passengers are buckled up!

How to handle a crash

You can help teen drivers stay calm in the event of a collision by walking them through the appropriate steps ahead of time. Instruct your teen to:

  • Take a deep breath and stay calm.
  • Check to see that everyone is OK and call 911 to report the crash and any injuries.
  • If you're able, move cars out of traffic and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Notify your insurance agent immediately.
  • Take photos of the damage. The State Farm® mobile app can help with this step.
  • Wait until the police arrive to speak to anyone about the crash, get the other driver's information, and sign any documents.
  • Ask if police will be filing a report, which will collect a lot of the information you need to file a claim
  • Don't leave the crash scene until the police do.

Find more information from State Farm about driving safety tips for severe weather, and visit the Teen Driver Safety website for additional safe driving tips for teens.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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