Las Vegas prides itself on providing all sorts of fun and entertainment—from casinos to shows to nightlife. But part of enjoying all that Vegas has to offer involves staying safe—and that means practicing safe driving habits.
In 2012, there were 170 car crashes in Clark County, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—a number the state doesn’t take lightly. This past year, in the hope of helping to lower the number of crashes, Nevada made its state a no cellphone zone, which means no texting or using your cellphone while driving, according to the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition to ensuring that your teenage son or daughter follows all driving laws — including the cellphone ban — there are some steps you can take to help make sure he or she stays safe on the roads. These local resources can help you keep your teen driver safer in Las Vegas.
Sign up for a free clinic. Driver’s Edge, a free half-day workshop for teen drivers, will host events in Vegas throughout 2014. The program teaches teens (who have a valid license or permit) about real-life emergency avoidance, response techniques and overall driver safety. It’s run by professional drivers, using both behind-the-wheel and classroom experiences—all with the goal of addressing the number youth-related automobile collisions that occur each year.
Know Las Vegas teen laws. Driving in Sin City as a teen comes with a slew of local laws. In Nevada, teens must have a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage (10 of which must be at night). Statewide, teens also have a driving curfew—no unsupervised driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. during for the first six months after obtaining their license. To brush up on other Nevada teen driving laws, click here.
Avoid the Strip. It’s always jam-packed with traffic and tourists, and as a new driver, this can be nerve-wracking. If you have to head to that area, learn the ins and outs of Industrial Boulevard and Frank Sinatra Drive—directly to the west of the Strip. Taking these two streets, instead of the Strip, might help free up time that could be spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Sign up for drivers’ ed. The DMV provides a list of about 20 licensed professional driving schools in the Las Vegas area. Do your research to decide which program and location is best for your teen. Once you’ve signed up for a behind-the-wheel course, the DMV also makes it easy to hit the books by providing an Interactive Driver License Sample Test. Learn the local road rules so you can pass your written driving test with flying colors.
Head to the optometrist. An annual eye exam will help ensure your teen’s vision is 20/20. Small vision issues may not have a big impact on everyday life, but are very important for seeing road signs, other drivers and obstacles while driving, according to a Fox News report. If your teen’s eyes haven’t been checked in a while, it’s a good idea to get an eye exam pre-license.
Check your local routes. Before you get behind the wheel, check your planned route on Here.com. The site links to Las Vegas traffic cameras to keep you abreast of any hiccups—such as traffic, construction or other disruptions—on your planned route. Whether you’re taking your usual commute or heading into unfamiliar territory, a quick check can help you to steer clear of delays and add safety to your drive.
Whether your teen is driving through the desert or in downtown Las Vegas, taking safety precautions is always a good idea.