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Too many lives are lost on Texas roads as the result of speeding. This is one of the most important things that parents should avoid passing onto their eager but inexperienced teenagers. Sometimes, it is only after tragic car accidents that parents consider the examples they set for their children from a young age when they hit the gas on an open stretch of rural road or when they are late for work.

Most teen drivers will likely find the thrills provided by speed irresistible at some stage, but it is up to the parents to make sure they understand the risks of speeding and know that it is unacceptable. It is also crucial for teen drivers to learn that the posted speed limit might be an unsafe speed for driving in poor weather conditions. Drivers have more control when they drive slower when roads are wet and visibility poor — especially if they are inexperienced.

Another bad habit that some parents pass onto teen drivers is following too closely or attempting to pass slower vehicles when it is unsafe. Learning to read the traffic and drive accordingly comes with experience. The best way to gain experience is by having a sensible parent in the passenger seat while driving in as many different conditions as possible before going it alone.

Parents in Texas will be wise to underscore the consequences of negligent driving. Victims of car accidents that followed reckless or negligent teenage driving will be entitled to seek the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to pursue financial relief in a civil court. The teenage driver along with his or her parents or another owner of the vehicle might be held liable for all the financial and emotional damages suffered by the crash victims.