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Parents of teens who drive never want to get the call that there has been a car accident. When a parent does get that call, the initial concern is if anyone is injured. If there are no injuries, then there are questions about damage to vehicles that would require collision repair at an Austin body shop.

The leading cause of death among teenagers continues to be auto accidents. In Texas last year, there were more than 70,000 teens involved in accidents, including 13 to 15 year olds. Having a talk with your teen driver about the common causes of accidents and the dangers can help your teen driver be safer on the roads.

Distracted Driving

Adults who have driven for many years can easily be distracted by cell phones and other technology. The same is true for teen drivers.

Smartphones are one of the sources for distracted driving, but people in the car with the teen driver are the most common cause.

Excessive Speed

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting new experience for any teen. Teens may push their driving skills to see just how fast they can go and keep control of the vehicle, but that speed can lead to crashes.

A teen driving study showed that boys will take more risks while driving than girls and that includes speeding. According to the study, 36 percent of male drivers in fatal crashes were driving too fast.

Less Experience

Teen drivers are all at a disadvantage with experience, simply because they are new at driving. Within the first year, the likelihood of a teen being involved in a fatal crash is two to three times greater.

New drivers will make more mistakes because the lack of experience and knowledge limits the ability to recognize a dangerous situation.

At Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, we have employees who are parents of teen drivers and we care about the teens in the Greater Austin area. It is our hope that all Central Texas teens will drive safely.

Our certified technicians are here to help any teen who gets into an accident. We will ensure your car is repaired to factory standards and safe to drive on the roads again.

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