Five Mistakes Young Drivers Make

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

We were all young drivers at one point, and we’ve all made mistakes behind the wheel. However, some mistakes are definitely more egregious than others, and those which result in car accidents and serious injuries are the worst of the bunch. Therefore, if you are a young driver who is just starting out behind the wheel, there are some things you should avoid doing while driving at all costs. Let’s take a closer look at five of them here on this blog.


Reckless driving, including speeding, is one of the top three causes of car accidents and car accident injuries every year, and no group is more vulnerable to it than teenagers. Your reflexes may be sharper and quicker than an older driver, but you don’t have the ability to judge situations as well as a more experienced driver. Don’t worry about other drivers; follow the speed limit and you’ll be much safer.

Getting Distracted

Cell phones, music stations, GPS systems, eating lunch while driving, and more are all distractions that can seriously limit a less-experienced driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely. Perhaps the biggest offender is text messaging, which has become a pivotal form of communication for young people. Sending one text can take your eyes off the road for nearly five seconds, which is long enough to drive the length of a football field without looking at the road. A lot can change in that time, resulting in potentially dangerous accidents.

Following Too Close

Similar to speeding, driving too close to the car in front is a sign of a driver who may not know the type of distance it takes to stop their car. If you follow too close, you significantly increase the risk of a rear-end accident because you reduce the amount of time you have to react to the car in front of you slowing down in order to press the brake and stop your own car. Instead, follow at a reasonable distance and you’ll significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end accident.

Having Teenage Passengers

A teenager driving their friends has been shown to be far more dangerous than one driving around their parents. Teens often enjoy “showing off” for their friends and engaging in reckless behavior, such as speeding, recklessly changing lanes, tailgating, and taking their eyes off the road. For this reason, Washington DC laws prohibit teenage drivers from having more than one passenger, and that one passenger must also be a licensed driver over the age of 21 (with the lone exception being immediate family members).


Teenage drivers who make a mistake or need to quickly correct will often slam on their brakes or jerk the wheel too hard and lose control of their car, making an already-dangerous situation even worse. In many cases, this mistake is caused by panic. However, this mistake can be easily avoided by taking a defensive driving course that teaches a young driver how to spot and avoid signs of a potential accident. The less you have to use emergency avoidance and risk losing control of your car, the better.

If you are injured in an accident caused by a young driver, you should not hesitate to contact a Washington DC car accident attorney from Regan Zambri Long, PLLC. With more than 100 years of experience and more than $350 million recovered on behalf of our clients, we have the experience and track record of success you need to stand up and protect your rights. We are readily available to meet the needs of our clients, and our uniquely-tailored counsel always places your best interest and goals at the forefront of our strategy.

Call Regan Zambri Long, PLLC today at (202) 759-6699 to schedule a free consultation!
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