Talking with your teen about safe driving skills is crucial. Experts advise parents to keep on talking and promote positive decisions, ideas and opinions to their teens.It may not be easy to get through to kids when they are teenagers for many parents. Research shows safer teen drivers are the ones their parents help them in knowing responsible driving habits and promote safer driving.
At least 7000 teens lose their lives each year from car crashes as per an organization called Driving Skills for Life. Most of them lose their lives due to drunk driving during prom weekends, and others lose their lives as passengers in cars driven by other teens. Hence it is important to talk to the teens on safe driving practices. The following are some tips to follow to talk to your teenager about safe driving skills to address the issue of accidents.
Tell your teen not to speed
Speed is the cause or the major contributor to the teen’s accidents. Tell them to limit speed depending on the road they are driving on even it means they will be driving under the speed limit. They should drive slower when there is no proper visibility, and they should leave more space between cars especially at night and when it is raining.
Be a good coach
Ensure you spend a lot of time in the vehicle with your teen before you let them drive on their own. Be a motivating and successful teacher. Be patience and show them how to drive while let them enjoy the experience. It normal for teens to be nervous and stressed when they are driving for the first time. You need to be calm and cool for your teen to relax when they are driving. Remember to insist on practice as it always makes it perfect.
Warn them about drinking and driving
It is critical to emphasize the dangers of driving while you are drunk. It may be obvious to know you should not drink and drive but make sure you stress that to your teen. You can help your teen to understand the dangers of drinking and driving by educating them on the consequences of drunken driving. Remember to tell them the legal measures if you are caught drinking and driving when you are under legal age.
Also, don’t forget to tell your teen not to use cell phones when they are driving. Drivers are not allowed to use a cell phone while driving because they are a big distraction.