Do you have a new driver in your home? It can be a nerve wracking time when your teenager gets their driver’s license. As a parent the most important thing you can do is make sure your teen driver is knowledgeable about vehicle safety and prepared in case something happens on the road.
The leading cause for death for U.S. Teens is motor vehicle accidents. That’s a scary fact for any parent, but luckily most crashes are preventable. So what are some easy tips to keep your teen safe as they start driving?
- No Alcohol. Besides the fact that your teen drinking is illegal, it is also the #1 risk factor for getting into an accident. Start talking to your teen early about the dangers of drinking and driving.
- No Texting. This is a tip you can best get across by setting a good example. Your child observes you to see what is right and wrong, and that includes in the car. Texting and driving is distracted driving, and according to the U.S. Government in 2014, 3,179 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involved distracted drivers.
- Wear a safety belt. Compared with other drivers, teens are the group least likely to wear a seat belt.
You should also make sure that your teen is prepared in case something does go wrong on the road. Review your insurance information with your child, and be certain that they have valid proof of insurance in their vehicle. Teach your child how to change a flat tire, and how to pop the hood of their vehicle in case it overheats. In addition, you should teach your teen about proper vehicle maintenance like getting regular oil changes and tire rotations.
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