Teenage Driving Safety
Written by Greg on October 5, 2014
Having gone to the recent experience of handing the keys to her car to a new driver I can say little more than the excitement of the child is met with apprehension on the part of the parent.
The facts about teenage driving are not good and are actually very scary.
- Studies have shown over half of the teenage drivers talk on the phone or text behind the wheel.
- Teenage drivers are three times more likely to be in a very serious crash than older drivers.
- Driver inattention and inexperience is the main cause of car wrecks with new drivers.
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While young adults find the freedom from a driver’s license, parents find worry and concern. There are some things that parents can do to put odds on their side.
Talk about driver safety and every opportunity. If your teenage driver starts telling you they know what you say and can repeat what you’ve been telling them – you may be getting through.
Being able to drive is one of the most important factors for a teenage boy or girl and with that privilege comes responsibilities. Parents are able to instill habits by repetition and most importantly by walking the walk they expect their teenage driver to walk. In other words, if you want your teenage driver to be a safe driver you should practice safe driving.
Establish a zero tolerance policy for cell phone use while anyone in your family is driving.
Show positive encouragement by safe driving techniques. If your child makes a good choice and practice safe driving comment on it and let them know you are paying attention.
Always insist that your teenage driver not only buckles up but he or she ensures everyone else in the vehicle is also buckled up. In Texas, it is responsibility of the driver to ensure that the miners and their vehicle are buckled.
Make sure your young driver is aware of the consequences of a speeding ticket and talk to them about keeping their speed under the limit.