Getting a driver’s license is an exciting accomplishment for any teen. But when you are a new driver, you may be more likely to violate certain traffic laws.

Not only can violating traffic laws lead to tickets, but it can also lead to crashes. Car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in the United States. In order to take precaution, you should know the top traffic violations committed by teens:

  1. Speeding: About one-third of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers are due to speeding. Not only should you always follow the speed limit, but you should slow down in heavy rain, sleet or snow. It’s also important to drive a speed that you’re comfortable with.
  2. Failing to wear a seat belt: In Florida, it’s illegal to drive without a seat belt. All of your passengers must buckle up, too. Wearing a seat belt can stop you from being thrown from your vehicle in the case of a crash.
  3. Drinking and driving: Every 15 minutes, a teen dies due to drinking and driving. Choosing to drink and drive not only puts yourself in danger, but risks the lives of everyone else on the road.
  4. Distracted driving: Teens are very likely to text and drive – which is, of course, illegal in Florida. It can also be dangerous to eat, adjust radio settings or read billboards while driving. You should always drive defensively and pay attention to the road ahead of you.
  5. Improper lane change: It can be easy to forget a step when changing lanes – but this could result in a car accident. Remember to always signal, check your mirror and check your blind spot before changing lanes.

By recognizing the most common traffic violations by teens, you can adjust your driving as needed. Obeying all traffic laws can save you from both a ticket and car accident.