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.