Many parents concerned about teen driver safety are focused on whether their kids know how to respond in dangerous situations or how to drive defensively but not aggressively. In addition to concerns about basic driver safety, there are frequent worries about whether young people have enough experience to drive well and have enough insight to make smart decision like refraining from driving drunk.
While all of these issues are serious matters, there is another concern about teen driver safety as well. A personal injury lawyer knows that many young people do not know how to maintain their vehicles correctly and would not recognize a problem with their vehicle that makes the car unsafe to drive. In particular, there are far too many teen drivers who simply do not understand the need to check their tires regularly or who do not know the process for ensuring that their tires are safe.
Teens Need to Learn More About Tire Safety
According to Health News Digest, only 16 states require a driver’s education curriculum to include information on maintaining tires. Only seven states require that a driver’s education curriculum include vehicle maintenance and tire information.
When teens do not learn about tires during their driver’s education programs, they may have no information or they may learn minimal details about tire care from their parents. In one survey, around 3/4 of teenagers said that they had learned how to take care of their tires from lessons that their parents taught them. Unfortunately, only around a third of parents said that they know about how to take care of tires and feel comfortable with their own knowledge of tire maintenance. This means you have parents teaching their kids something that they themselves frequently do not know.
A lack of understanding about tire safety is a big issue because a blowout could be deadly or could lead to an accident that causes serious injury. An estimated 12 percent of the 2.2 total motor vehicle collisions that occur in the United States involve some type of vehicle tire problem. This means that around once every two minutes, a problem with a tire contributes to causing a potentially dangerous motor vehicle crash.
If driver’s education courses provided better and more comprehensive information to teens, around 300,000 car crashes each year involving inexperienced drivers could likely be prevented. Unfortunately, it seems things are moving in the opposite direction from providing more driver’s education as some schools are cutting driver’s ed programs or reducing funding because of budget shortfalls.
The sad thing is, it would not take much to teach teens about how to effectively check their tires. One simple test is called the “penny test” and involves putting a penny into the treads of the car’s tires. If Lincoln’s head can be seen when the penny has been put into the tire, the tread is too worn and it is time to get the tire looked at and replaced.
Teens should also regularly check tire pressure to ensure it is within the manufacturer recommendations to reduce the risk of a blowout accident.
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