For millions of parents, that day will come when their teen asks to get behind the wheel of the family vehicle.
When that day presents itself to you, how will you react?
Knowing that your teen wants to drive and knowing when they are best suited to do that are two different things. That said you can’t deny them what many view as a right of childhood by telling them they can’t drive.
So, do you feel your teen is ready to drive at this point and time?
Keeping Your Teenager Safe Behind the Wheel
The initial step when your teen says they are ready to be driving a vehicle for the first time is that they learn the road rules.
While your child must visit your DMV to pass the tests for a learner’s permit and driver’s license, start them with education. That driver’s education book is key to teaching them all about laws and responsibilities in driving.
Once they have studied that information, they are then ready to take their driver’s test.
In the event they fail their test, do not be hard on them. Millions of people over the years have failed the written and even driving part of the test. Failing it means a little more studying is in order.
Last, once your teen does get their permit and then their license, they know driving is a privilege, not a right.
By your teen knowing his or her responsibilities, chances of them getting in an accident go down.
Your Teen’s Driving Habits
Once your teen is out on the road on a regular basis, remember that teaching is still going on.
As an example, remind your teen that drinking and driving are never a good mix.
Far too many teens believe they are immune to accidents and that they will survive anything. In having that belief, they can actually increase the chances of being in an accident.
Along with drinking and driving, your teen needs to avoid the following:
- Distracted driving – This more times than not involves cell phones to call or text friends. It only takes a split-second for tragedy to befall your teen and others.
- Drowsy driving – If you have a teen who thinks he or she can go for days on end with minimal sleep, think again. Having the proper amount of sleep each night is important in making for a safer drive the next day.
- Reckless driving – Hopping in and out of lanes, tailgating, and other bad habits can lead to trouble. Your teen needs to be cognizant of what is going on around them each time they take to the road.
If Your Teen is an Accident
In the event your teen is unfortunately in an accident, their health is of first concern.
Remind your teen don’t admit they caused an accident without first assessing matters. It is also important that they get the proper information from anyone else involved. This includes driver’s license and auto insurance. They should also snap a few pictures to show damage to their vehicle and the others involved.
Last; never stop reinforcing the need for driving safety.
Sure, you might come across as an over-bearing parent at times.
That said isn’t that better than one who lost a child due to a vehicle accident?