According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, new drivers aged 16-17 are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a vehicle crash. The chances of a crash also spike during the summer months as young drivers are out of school and driving on the road, so it’s important that your teen drivers are ready in an emergency like a car collision.
To help, prepare your teen drivers in the event of a car accident by:
- Making sure they have a copy of the insurance card in their car or wallet.
- Having a first aid kit in their glove compartment. In the event of minor injuries, this can help while assessing anyone in the car for injuries that require professional medical attention.
- Giving them a checklist on what to do after a car crash.
Accidents are a high-stress situation, so it can be easy to forget the steps to take once the event has happened—especially if it’s their first one. To make it easier, they can keep this checklist in their car:
- Call the police to report the crash. Insurers will require an incident report to make a claim.
- Acquire this info from the involved party: full name, contact info, their insurer, and policy number.
- Write down the exact location of the accident, any witnesses willing to give their contact information, and the police incident report number.
- Write down details of the accident for the report of both the police and insurer. It can be easy to forget later once the adrenaline has gone down.
- Call parents.
If they ever crash into a vehicle when the driver isn’t present, also let them know that they need to leave a note with necessary information like their full name, a way to be contacted, and insurance info. Unfortunately, even when drivers are careful at any age, accidents are bound to happen. It’s always best to be prepared for the situation so it can be handled professionally.
If you or your teen driver are involved in a car collision, Superior Service can help with your insurance claim and getting you back on the road quickly.