Driving Safety Tips for Your Teen

Driving Safety Tips for Your Teen

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting thing for your teen. However, it is a concern for many parents due to a rise in accidents caused by teenage drivers. Here are some driving safety tips for your teen that can reduce the risk of accidents.

Wear a Seat Belt

It does not matter whether the person behind the wheel is an adult or a teen. According to road safety laws, you should not start driving until all occupants of the car, including the driver are wearing a seat belt. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) statistics, seat belts save 15,000 lives every year. You should always instruct your teenage driver to wear a seat belt while driving. This is important because an unbuckled driver can be easily ejected from the seat out the front or rear window causing death.

Switch Off the Phone

Talking on a cell phone and driving has been a major cause of accidents during the last two decades. Talking on the phone or texting at the time of driving causes distractions that lead to accidents. According to experts, using a hands-free device does not help as the driver’s mind is indulged in two activities simultaneously. There is always a possibility the driver’s attention is not fully on the road and the traffic which increases the chances of accidents. Hence, you should tell your teen to turn off the mobile every time they are behind the steering wheel.

Avoid Distractions                                                                                                                                           

There are several other distractions that also increase the chances of accidents. Eating, drinking, listening to loud music and turning the radio dial are some of the distractions that your teen needs to avoid. Some reasons to avoid distractions are that it can lead to late noticing of warning signs or losing control of your vehicle.

Drive Solo

According to road safety laws, there is a limit on the number of passengers that are driven by a teenage driver. For example, during the first six months of licensure, only one teenage passenger (under 20) is allowed unless accompanied by a guardian or parent. You should encourage your teen to drive solo until he/she gets comfortable driving. This is important because with one teen passenger, the risk of an accident escalates by 50%.

Restrict Driving at Night

Most teenage driver accidents happen during the night time, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Restricting driving at night time is the best way to keep your teen safe until they have experience of driving during daytime.

As a parent, you need to instill good driving habits in your teen. Most teenagers follow their parents when it comes to things like driving. Following the above driving safety tips will reduce the risk of accidents significantly.