Bad Weather: What Your Teen Should Know about Avoiding a Los Angeles Car Accident

The Los Angeles streets and freeways are dangerous enough. The risks grow exponentially for your teen driver when the weather gets bad. As a parent, you can’t assume that your child knows how to handle a vehicle when the sun isn’t shining.

Rain

This is the time of year that Southern California sees the majority of its rain. Unfortunately, many drivers, especially teens, lack the knowledge to handle a vehicle when the roads become wet and slick. When the roads are wet, your teen should:

  • Slow down. They should drive under the posted speed limit.
  • Turn on their headlights.
  • Use the air conditioner or defroster to improve visibility.
  • As a parent, make sure the tires have the proper tread and that the wiper blades are in good condition.

Fog

Though fog is not very common in Los Angeles, it does appear from time to time, creating challenges for a driver’s visibility. When there is a layer of fog, your teen should:

  • Drive slower than they normally do, and even keep their speed under the posted speed limit.
  • Stay to the right of the road.
  • Avoid using the high beams.
  • Maintain a safe distance behind all vehicles ahead.
  • Consider pulling off to the side of the road. In this event, the hazard lights should be utilized.

Snow and Ice

Los Angeles is not known for snow and ice. However, many teens head to the mountains to ski and snowboard. That is why they should also be instructed on how to drive in snowy and icy conditions. They should:

  • Reduce speed to a slow and steady pace.
  • Drive slowly and avoid sudden speed changes when approaching a bridge or overpass.
  • Use breaks cautiously and avoid slamming on them.
  • Ensure they have tire chains and know how to use them.

Not All Accidents Can Be Avoided

You can’t always be in the car with your teen. Since you can’t control the driving habits of those with whom your teen shares the Sothern California roadways, they are always at risk of being injured in a car accident every time they turn the key.

The experienced team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers can help if the unthinkable should occur. We will ensure your teen’s rights are protected and that they get the best medical care possible. We will also go to work right away in building your child’s accident case. Our goal is to get them best compensation possible.

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Let us help you get started today if you or your child has been injured in a car accident. Call one of our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.

Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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