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For drivers, few things are more annoying than another vehicle coming toward you with its high beams on. But while many experienced drivers have learned how to handle this situation, it could put inexperienced teen drivers at risk.
These lights can be helpful when driving in the dark, but they can temporarily blind other drivers. And while night conditions are particularly dangerous for teens – 16 and 17 year old drivers are about three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash at night than during the day – high beams aren’t always the best option.
This is where parents can help. Talk with your teen about the dangers of night driving and make sure they get plenty of practice during daylight hours before getting behind the wheel at night. As a part of these lessons, educate your teen on how and when to use a vehicle’s high beams. Your state may have specific laws about when to use headlights and high beams, so check these over with your teen to be sure you both know the law. Here are some best practices for using and reacting to high beams to help keep your teen safe.
Check out our Pointers for Parents lesson on high beams for even more tips!
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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