Crash Course: the road to smart driving

Sydney Hopper, Kenadi Browne, and Brittany Toombs

Teen driving accidents are exceedingly common, and Liberty is no exception. We sift through the most common and dangerous causes of the accidents to aid prevention of the number one cause of teen deaths in America.

Drinking

Young drivers (16-20) are 17 more times likely to die in a crash when they have been drinking. Tip: have a plan if you drink–have someone you can call, or make someone a designated driver.

Drowsy Driving

Warning signs to look for: difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids, drifting from your lane, or repeatedly yawning or rubbing your eyes. Tip: get enough sleep! Adults need 7 to 8 hours while teens need 9 to 10!

Texting

Nearly half of all U.S. high school students aged 16 or older text or uses social media while driving. Tip: Use #X in the middle of texting to let people know you are driving.

Crash advice from Liberty’s pros:We sat down with Deputy  Dave Montalvo and driver’s education teacher Ron Thruelsen for guidance on what to do if you get into an accident.

1. Make sure you and everyone else in the car are safe.

2. Turn your car all the way off, get out of traffic, and leave your car if it’s smoking or unsafe.

3. Aid the injured if there are any, and call 911 so help can arrive.

4. Bring your proof of insurance, license, and registration to the other driver and take pictures and write down his or her information. Take pictures of the scene for your insurance company’s reference, recording the time and place too.

5. Try not to argue, yell, or admit fault, as this could negatively affect you if the case is taken to court.

6. Despite the stress, try your best to stay calm and focus on the task at hand.