There is nothing quite like getting your driver’s license when you are a teen. Having your license, and a vehicle to go with it, is one of the biggest landmarks of being an American teen.
Learning to drive isn’t always the easiest thing. Sure, there are high schools that offer driver’s education classes. Private driving schools also give lessons. However, most teens get minimal time behind the wheel. So, how do you help your child learn the ins and outs of driving?
Display a learner decal
Teens may not think it is cool to go out for driving practice with mom or dad, but it is vital to get practice behind the wheel. While doing this, it is a good idea to stick a learner or student driver decal on the back of the vehicle.
Theoretically, this will let all of the other drivers know your teen is new to the game. In turn, they should be leery and, hopefully, not aggressive when driving near your teen.
Follow safety tips
New drivers need to pay attention to the speed limits. Excessive speed means you to have less time to react or stop. Speeding causes a lot of the accidents teenage drivers find themselves in.
It sounds stupid, but a lot of people don’t wear seatbelts. Make sure your teen buckles up before getting behind the wheel. Seatbelts save lives. In addition, make sure everyone in your vehicle has one on, too.
TeenDriving.com recommends that drivers hold the steering wheel at four o’clock and eight o’clock. Three and nine are still okay, but holding the wheel lower means your hands won’t get in the way of an airbag if you are in an accident.
Many of today’s vehicles have daytime running lights. However, your vehicle may not. Remind teens that if they are using windshield wipers, they need to use the headlights, too. Keeping visibility clear is one of the most important things a driver can do.
When it is wet outside, new drivers should always make sure they have double or triple the space between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. If it is really wet and raining heavily, new drivers – and all drivers for that matter – shouldn’t attempt to drive through it. Pull over until it passes.
And stop texting!
This tip applies to everyone, but especially teenagers that have new freedoms and full social lives.
According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year in the United States. In addition, almost 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. Amazingly, one out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
It all adds up
By adhering to a few key tips, new drivers can improve their chances of safety on the road. Safety for all drivers is key to accident-free roads.