Winter Driving and Teens

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”

― Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

Winter Driving

Most Minnesotans can still recall the first time they spun out on the ice. Mine was in the middle of a busy intersection on University Avenue over 40 years ago. My heart stopped as I helplessly watched the world turn around me and drivers, possibly more experienced than myself, manage to avoid my out of control vehicle. Even the most seasoned of drivers must use caution when driving on Minnesota’s slippery roads, always watching for that hidden black ice and overly confidant newly licensed driver. Each winter we must learn how to drive all over again.

About one in ten teen drivers are involved in traffic crashes each year. Half of those crashes happen in December and January. The MN Department of Public Safety has created a Driving Contract with some practical tips to help parents of teen drivers help their teens develop safe driving habits. https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/educational-materials/Documents/Teen-Contract-Log-Sheet.pdf There is even a Teen License Parent Withdrawal Form is available for parents to cancel the driving privileges of their teen’s driver’s license (under age 18).  https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/teen-driving/Documents/Teen%20License%20Parent%20Withdrawal%20Form.pdf

No matter how many precautions we take, accidents happen. If you find yourself in need of legal services, please contact ccli for reasonable, quality representation at English: 651-321-9255 | Español: 651-383-1450.

 

 

Note: crash facts came from: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/reports-statistics/Documents/2015-crash-facts.pdf

Winter Driving and Teens