Do you have a teenager who is ready to jump in the drivers seat? While this can be such a nerve-wracking time, one of the best ways to let go of control is to teach safe driving tips to your teen. To trust your new driver on the road, they need to show you they understand what safe driving is. Prevention is the most important key to keeping them and others safe on the road. Below you will find a list of a few key issues to discuss with your child and the top safe driving tips for teens.
4 Safe Driving Tips For Teens
1. Eliminate Distractions
When you were learning to drive, there was a fraction of the distractions your teen has today. Teach them the importance of not eating, doing makeup, texting, or talking on the phone while driving. Even using their GPS on their phone can be a distraction. Not only teach them how important paying attention on the road is but also be a role model for them. Keep your eyes on the road and let the phone call wait until you are not driving. No day is busy enough to be worth causing a horrible accident.
2. Spot Hazards
When you first start out driving, you don’t have the same instincts as experience drivers. There are only seconds to react to a hazard such as another driver or something on the road. Teach them the critical of looking out for children, pets, and dangerous drivers. Driving slower in the rain and at night is also incredibly essential to safe driving.
3. Car Safety
Some states even require that 16-year-olds can only have one passenger in their vehicle. Even if your state does not enforce that law, talk to your child about how many people they can transport at a time. Cars full of other passengers’ dramatically increase the chances of an accident.
4. Don’t Drive Without a License
Too many teen drivers get behind the wheel without a driver’s license, or even knowing how to drive. Don’t let your teen take your car out for a spin even if you leave in a rural area and never let a friend or family member who is not licensed ‘practice’ driving on the road.
We hate seeing anyone get in an accident, cause accidents, or get a ticket. Teach your children these safe driving tips and help them stay safe and keep others safe on the road.