In 2011, according to the CDC, 2,650 teenagers were killed in auto accidents. Teenagers also accounted for nearly 30% of all costs associated with auto accidents in the United States.
Needless to say, teenage drivers are at a higher risk of causing or being in an accident. However, there are some things you can do to help your teenage child be safer when they are behind the wheel.
Follow and Enforce All Laws
This might go without saying, but it’s important that you make sure your child follows all laws associated with being a teenage driver. Those laws are in place to keep your child safe. They also keep other drivers safe. However, just knowing the law is different from following the law. Make sure you are staying involved in where and when your child is driving.
Having your child take a drivers education course is a great way for them to learn to drive in a safe environment. It also gives them an opportunity to learn more about the laws associated with having a driver’s license and the consequences for not following those laws. Additionally, many insurance companies offer discounts for teenagers who complete a driver’s education course.
Teenagers often get into accidents because they are distracted. This is most commonly associated with cell phones and text messaging, but distractions can come from many places. To be safe, don’t let your child eat while they are driving and don’t let them drive with friends in the car. Until they have proven they are a safe, responsible driver, ensure distractions are kept to a minimum.
Lead by Example
One of the best ways to help your child learn to be a safe, responsible driver is to be one yourself. Talking on the phone, texting, eating, running red lights and speeding are all things that your child watches. If they see you doing it, they will think it’s ok for them to do it as well. Leading by example is one of the best ways to help your child be a good driver.
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