One of the most stressful times as a parent is allowing your child to go out and drive a car alone. You may have taken the time to teach them to drive safely, and put them through a driving course, but it doesn’t take any of the stress away. You wonder what sort of influences their friends may be, worry about the conditions of the road, and may be afraid of the other drivers your teen may encounter. The best thing you can do as a parent is teach your child to be responsible and do what they can to avoid auto accidents at all costs. Here are just a few tips you can give your teen to insure that they’re a safe driver.
Helpful Tips for Avoiding Accidents
- Buckle up – Besides being the law, it is proven that seat belts save lives, but this message doesn’t get through to every teenager. In fatal crashes of 16-20 year olds, 60 percent were unbuckled at the time. Recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Administration found that these drivers were most likely to think that the belts were potentially harmful.
- Hang up the phone – The risk of talking or texting while driving is high – especially for young people. 11% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted by their phone.
- Slow down – Teens tend to have a need for speed, and due to an impulsive nature and poor decision-making, speeding causes 37% of the fatalities among male drivers between the ages of 15 to 20.
- Don’t drink and drive – Teens are much less likely to get behind the wheel of a car when drunk than an adult, but when they do, their crash risk is significantly higher than an adult’s. However, progress has been made. Since 1982, the number of drivers between the ages of 16-20 that have been killed because of drunk driving has dropped 26%.
- Watch the weather – In inclement weather, it is even more dangerous for a young driver to be on the road due to their inexperience in handling the car in bad situations. Teenagers should be taught how to handle the car when the weather presents challenging situations. Teach them to be aware of the weather and that it is okay to pull over and wait out bad conditions.
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