Getting your teenager ready for the road and sharing all the rules and hazards of driving can be nerve-racking. But there are measures you can take to ensure they are as prepared as they can be.
Here are four safety tips to help your teen become an alert and responsible driver:
- Cell phone use is a major no-no
Research shows that the average teen in America spends over seven hours a day taking in entertainment through various screens. So, even if your teen only has a slight attachment to their cell phone, you should teach them that looking away from the road may lead to a collision.
- Leave racing to NASCAR drivers
Driving at high speeds makes it harder to stop in time if there is a hazard. And high-impact crashes can result in long lasting or life-ending injuries. Instead of allowing your child to pass drivers and go any speed they are comfortable with, it’s important to point out why going fast is risky.
- Don’t pack the car full
Several conversations going at the same time and an obstructed view of the back window are both realities of a packed car. And a full car is even more dangerous if there isn’t a seat belt for each passenger. Enforcing a passenger limit is crucial for your child’s safety and driving record. This is because it is unlawful for Pennsylvania drivers under the age of 18 to have more than three non-family passengers under the age of 18 in the car with them.
- Encourage honesty about comfort level
Your child might receive their license, yet still lack confidence in their parallel parking or nighttime driving skills. Make a list of essential driving skills and have your teen rank their comfortability with each one using a one-to-five scale. From there, you can commit to taking extra time to practice with them on their weak areas before allowing them to drive independently.
Keeping driver safety an ongoing conversation in your household may help you and your family members hold one another accountable for making smart choices behind the wheel.