Teaching Teens Safe Driving Habits
Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for the average teen. With a license comes a whole new level of freedom and independence. It is also a huge responsibility, and one that should not be taken lightly. If you have a new teen driver, be sure to set a good example by always following the rules of the road, and make sure that he or she understands the importance of making smart, responsible choices when driving.
As is the case with almost anything, the more you practice something, the better you are at that particular skill. This goes for driving as well. Before your teen driver gets his or her license, get in the car together and practice as often as you can. Point out what other drivers are doing wrong. Offer constructive criticism for any mistakes your teen makes, and explain how to correct them. The more experience your young driver has, the better he or she will be able to react to unpredictable traffic events.
Be sure to review the following tips so that your teen driver remains safe anytime time he or she is behind the wheel:
- Put the Cell Phone Away: According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, using a cell phone while driving is considered to be as dangerous as drunk driving. While many states have laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving, too many people continue to do it, risking their life and the lives of others on the road. If you consider the fact that the average text message causes the driver to lose focus on the road for just over four-and-a-half seconds, that is approximately the amount of time it would take to drive the entire length of a football field. Distracted driving can have devastating consequences on the driver and others on the road.
- Get Comfortable Driving Alone: Driving with a car full of friends can be extremely distracting for a new driver. Give your new driver a probationary period where he or she can only drive alone, to become more comfortable behind the wheel before driving with a group of friends in the car.
- Obey the Rules of the Road: Speeding is one of the main causes of car accidents, so it is crucial that all drivers obey the posted speed limits. Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit, even if friends are pressuring him or her to drive faster. Peer pressure and inexperience are the top causes of fatal teen car accidents in the United States. In addition to serious wrecks, however, your teen should also be aware that speeding can result in a costly ticket and increased insurance premiums that they may be responsible for paying.
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