Five Safety Tips For Your Teen Driver

Few things are as frightening to a parent as handing the car keys over to a teenager, and with good reason. Accident rates for teen drivers, especially males, are far higher than for almost all other groups. While there is no way to fully protect your teenage driver, there are some things you can do to improve his or her odds on the highways.

Parents should express, in no uncertain terms, a no tolerance policy for driving after consuming alcohol. I was a pretty challenging teenager to raise, but I never drove after drinking because my father made me realize how badly I would feel if I ever hurt anyone and because I was convinced he meant it when he said I would never again drive while living under his roof if it was discovered that I drove after drinking.

Of course, you must take your own advice. If your teen driver observes you drinking after driving, he or she is far less likely to observe your mandate.

Be sure that your teenager understands that staying at least two seconds behind the car in front of him/her provides insurance against sudden stop accidents, one of the most common causes of highway injuries.

As you might guess, research has shown that the more teens there are riding in a car, the more likely the car is to be involved in an accident. Thus, limiting a new driver to one or two passengers may be worth considering.

Parents should not assume that passing a driver education course is a guarantee of competency. In fact, very few students fail driver education courses, however unskilled they may be. Ride with your teenager, assess his or her skills, and provide instruction as necessary.

While there are no reliable statistics, there are lots of stories about cell phones and accidents. As tough a sell as it might be, try to get the young drivers in your family to promise to pull off the road if their cell phones ring or they feel the need to make a call.

Seat belts can’t prevent accidents, but they do prevent serious injuries and death. Impress that on your teen.

Remember, preaching safe driving is not a one time event. The more you remind your teenager(s) about the principles of safe driving, the better.

Related Post

Does Your Child Show Signs of Phone Addiction? How... Dоеѕ Your Child Show Signs оf Phone Addiction? How Tо Combat It. Most tweens аnd teens seem permanently tethered tо their mobile devices—especiall...
Internet Safety: Protecting Children In Cyberspace The Internet is like a vast city-full of virtual shops, museums, theaters and recreational activities. But like real cities, there are certain places ...
How Parents Can Participate in Cyber Safety Awaren... October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which іѕ thе perfect time tо learn about privacy аnd cyber security issues as а family. ...
How Can I Disable Social Media on iPhone? In today’s world, social media іѕ never more than а few taps away thanks tо smartphones. This means teens thаt own smartphones саn access social media...
Top 19 Apps On Your Child’s Smartphone What apps do your kids use thе most? survey tо find thе answer tо this question. Here’s а look аt thе top 19 apps оn your child’s smartphone: 1. Inst...
Parents Need to Know About Car Insurance Choosing the right car insurance is one оf thе most important decisions thаt you саn make when іt comes tо protecting your family’s well-being. It ...
Parents Tips: How To Keep Kids Safe On Halloween Kids оf all ages love Halloween because оf thе fun costumes, spooky ghost stories, аnd tasty candy. But, many parents don’t share this sentiment. Pare...
Why You Should Not Text And Drive? According tо thе U.S. Department оf Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teens аnd young adults have thе highest...
How to Shut Down The Smartphones for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving ѕhоuld bе about spending time with family, but unfortunately, that’s difficult tо do when everyone іѕ glued tо their smartphones. Don’t l...
How Has Social Media and Smartphones Affected the ... While there have been an abundance of think pieces about millennials, there has been far less written about the next generation, commonly referred to ...