For your teens, earning a driver’s license is one of the most exciting times of their lives. However, the lack of driving experience often leads to crashes. According to various studies, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens. It takes a lot of patience, time, and adequate communication to keep your teens safe behind the wheel.
Here are a few tips to ensure your teens’ safety while driving:
Set Driving Limits
As it is rightly said, precaution is always better than cure. Set limits on teen driving in situations like bad weather, night time, or on the weekends. Adequate communication is the key to safety. Talk to your teens to make them understand the various risks involved while driving. The talk about safety might help them develop safe driving habits for life.
Adequate Practice Is The Key
Supervise your teens from the passenger seat for a minimum of six months. Spend at least 30 to 50 hours on the road with your teen driving under your supervision. Let them try different routes at different times of the day with different weather and traffic conditions.
Speeding Is A Big No-No
Speeding is very popular among teen drivers. However, you must emphasize that speeding is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Ask your teens to leave early for their appointments so that they don’t have to speed to meet the time commitments.
Seat Belts Are Compulsory
Many teens avoid wearing seat belts because they find it uneasy to sit with the seat belt on while driving. The advice of wearing seatbelts should be conveyed to your teens at regular time intervals with utmost seriousness. Buckle yourself up every time you sit in the car and ask them to practice the same.
No Texting While Driving
Many teens text and drive, which is the primary cause of accidents these days. Even if one is texting while the car has stopped at a red light, it counts as distracted driving. Monitor your teen’s texting habits and don’t be afraid to revoke phone and driving privileges to make their safety a priority.