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Many parents dread the day when their teenagers are going to be old enough to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and take off on their own. Even though thousands of accidents are caused by teenagers every year, the vast majority of these collisions can be prevented. If your son or daughter is about to receive their license, then take a look at these few steps you can take to keep them safe while on the road.
Even teenagers who are trying to be as independent as possible will still subconsciously pick up cues from their parents' driving habits. That is why it is so important to be as safe as possible whenever you are behind the wheel yourself. Steps such as putting on your seat belt, turning your phone to silent, and using your turn signals whenever you change lanes should be second nature to you and your children.
Teenage drivers have a much greater chance of getting into an accident when they have their friends in the car. These types of accidents have become such a pervasive problem that many states now have laws dictating who can be in the car with a teenager. Even if your state allows teenagers to have passengers, you should still teach them about the importance of avoiding distractions while they are operating a vehicle.
Before your kids get behind the wheel, you should establish firm rules regarding which actions will result in them having their license taken away. Many parents make it clear to their children that they will have their driving privileges revoked if they are ever caught drinking, taking drugs, speeding, or being unsafe in any way while they are in a vehicle.
Every car that you own should have a safety kit that contains all the supplies you will need in case the car breaks down or you are in an accident. At the very least, these kits should contain flares, reflectors, water, fluids for the vehicle, a tire pressure gauge, a jack, and blankets. You might also want to include a spare phone charger and a list of contact numbers for a mechanic, your family doctor, and a local personal injury firm, like Clearfield & Kofsky.
Keeping your teenager safe while behind the wheel is going to require hard work and persistence. These few tips are not only going to reduce their risk of being in an accident, but they will also give you peace of mind knowing that you have done everything you can to protect them.