Teens are some of the most inexperienced drivers on the road. Until they get used to driving, they may have a difficult time practicing safe driving habits. As a parent, you’re naturally very concerned with making sure your teen driver is safe on the road. With these five actions, you can give your child the best possible chance of developing into a safe and capable driver.
1. Be good role models.
One of the first ways parents can ensure good driving behaviors in their children is by practicing good driving habits themselves. Long before your children get behind the wheel, they will observe you and learn what is and is not acceptable driving behavior.
Your children will imitate you. So if you want them to grow up to follow the rules of the road, avoid intoxicated driving, and remain attentive while driving, the best way to start is by practicing these habits yourself.
2. Avoid distracting devices.
Distracted driving is a universal problem in the smartphone era, but it is especially common among teens. Teenage drivers have the highest rate of distraction-related fatalities among all age groups. Equipping teens with distraction-blocking tools, such as Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” app, can help teens stay away from the temptation to check the phone while on the road.
3. Never allow teens to drink and drive.
In recent years, alcohol has declined as a factor in accidents involving teens. Even so, 16 percent of teen drivers in fatal crashes in 2015 had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more.
All 50 states have “zero tolerance” laws, in which a blood alcohol level of 0.02 is enough for a teen driver to have his or her license suspended. That being said, parental guidance can help kids make healthy choices.
4. Ensure teens get enough sleep.
Lack of sleep has become a more common cause of accidents involving teens in recent years. Even if a teen is not falling asleep at the wheel, drowsiness can have a negative impact on reaction time and judgment. Doing what you can to make sure your children get enough sleep can help them be at their best when they get on the road.
5. Make sure teens are driving safe vehicles.
According to the experts, it’s a good idea to get your child a new vehicle equipped with all the latest safety features. Things like automatic braking, lane-changing signals, and other accident-prevention features can help make sure your child gets where he or she is going in one piece. As a rule, it’s a good idea to provide your child with the safest, most recent car you can afford.
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