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5 Tips to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

When teens grow up and become independent, a parent’s responsibilities are reduced. For instance, when your son or daughter gets a driving license, you won’t have to drop them off at school every day or pick them up from their friends’ house. However, you should note that teens are not as responsible as adults and thus should be given proper guidance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration, the crash rate for teenagers is higher due to lack of experience, lack of skills, and immaturity. As a parent, you can play a role in reducing crash rates by applying the following tips.

Showing Teens the Dangers of Alcohol

Most road accidents are as a result of drunken driving. According to the United States Department of Transportation NHTSA 2016 statistics, 29 people die every day as a result of drunken driving car crashes. Teens can get easily carried away especially when they are trying to fit in. As a parent, it is your duty to educate them about the dangers of drinking and let them know that it’s okay to be set apart and do what is right.

Install a Car Tracking Devices

A car tracking device for parents can be useful in three key ways. One, as a parent you can use a tracker to monitor the movements of your new driver. You can know where your son or daughter is without having to call them. Two, you can use a tracking device to check whether your driver is watching the speed limit. Three, in the event that the car is stolen, a tracker makes it easy to locate the car. Some advanced trackers will allow you to lock the doors or stop the engine.

Keep Other Teens Out of the Car

You should discourage your teens from driving their friends, especially for the first few months after getting their license. Let them wait a little longer to gain more experience and for the excitement and anxiety to cool down.

Be a Good Example

If you tell a teen to watch the speed limit, but you are forever speeding, they won’t pay heed to your instructions. Therefore, start by being a good example. Always wear your seat belt, avoid using the phone, and obey the road signs.

Discourage the Use of Handset While Driving

Try to discourage them from sending texts or emails while driving. Texting when driving distracts the teen’s attention, even if it’s done at a stop sign. Advise them to pull over if they have to use their phones urgently.

While teens learn a lot through driving classes, there is a lot you need to do as a parent to ensure they are safe while on the road. Take time with them to see to it that they implement what they learn in class, as well as to teach them the things you have learned from your driving experience. Have some driving sessions when you are not working. This is a great way to teach them and enjoy some quality time before they leave for college.

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