“Rush” comes out in theatres this fall, depicting the tale of two Formula One racers. “The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel,” explains one of the main characters.

Unfortunately, too many inexperienced teen drivers fall prey to this thrill of speeding.

In a recent survey done by Allstate Foundation, more than half of all teens surveyed admitted to going at least 10 miles over the speed limit, and one-fourth of “aggressive” teen drivers admitted to exceeding the speed by more than 20 mph. In addition, nearly 40 percent of teens said they expected to be a passenger in a car with a friend who was speeding.

These same teen drivers are in danger of becoming victims of a serious Maryland auto accident. Speeding is a top cause of teen-involved car crashes. To help keep your teen’s speedometer down, follow these three simple tips:

1. Model good behavior

As hard as it might be, following the speed limit yourself is the best action you can take to ensure that your teen will do so as well.

2. Explain the dangers

Your teen may not realize exactly why speeding is so dangerous. Knowledge truly is power. They should know that speeding:

  • Is against the law and results in hefty fines (which you will not be paying for them).
  • Exponentially decreases one’s ability to stop.
  • Diminishes a vehicle’s ability to maneuver a turn.

3. Check the brakes

You may not be able to make your teen slow down, but ensuring that the vehicle your teen drives can stop well may make a difference in the case of a potential car accident.

If a young person in your life has been the victim of a Maryland car crash, you may want to discuss your options with an experienced Silver Spring accident attorney. To set up a free appointment, call Nickelsporn & Lundin today at (800) 875-9700.

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