Given how much you care about your teenager, the last thing you’d want to see have happen to them is an auto accident.
That said there are steps both you and your teen can take to lessen the chances of an accident.
With that in mind, will you both be successful?
Stress to Your Teenager Importance of Safety
In doing all you can to keep your teen safe each time out behind the wheel, remember these keys:
- Driving is a serious matter – To start, remind your teen as many times as you need to take driving in a serious manner. Unfortunately, some teens lose sight of the dangers involved with driving. As a result, they can increase their odds of being in an accident.
- No distractions – To better avoid an auto accident, reinforce importance of distractions. For instance, one of the biggest distractions can be using a cell phone while driving. Whether talking to someone on a call or texting, the cell phone can lead to an accident. Make sure your son or daughter only uses the phone in an emergency and once in a safe spot off of the road.
- Drinking and driving – It is also imperative that your teen avoid drinking and driving. As too many parents have found out over time, teens think they are unbreakable. As a result, they may think a little alcohol won’t bother them when driving. Given their lack of experience behind the wheel, alcohol can be even more worrisome. Deaths when driving are worse during prom and graduation seasons, so keep this in mind.
- Vehicle they drive matters too – The vehicle your teen drives play an important role too. If you are buying them a vehicle, make sure you put time and effort into getting the right one. If looking into a used vehicle, you want to research each one you consider. Make sure you have a mechanic of your choice inspect it. Not doing so can mean you and your teen end up with a bad car or truck.
- Having confidence – Last, confidence in your teen helps them be more comfortable. That said you never want to pressure them into driving. They will know when they are ready for a driver’s license. When they are, it can be the start of many great years of driving and sharing fun times with you.
Make Sure Rules Are in Place
While your teenager getting a driver’s license can be a great thing, you want to be sure they understand the rules.
That said make sure they have a curfew in place. That curfew includes when they can be on the roads and when they should be at home. If your child violates this, there should be a talk about it and possible repercussions.
Last, it is fine to expect your teen to do upkeep of the vehicle.
Without expecting them to pay for care, they should do things like check tire pressure and oil.
In lessening the odds your teen will have an auto accident, drive off with success.