Safety should always come first in everything, especially when it concerns children. Every parent knows that for sure, as every parent wants to do everything possible to protect his/her children from all the troubles, accidents and sorrows. Whether they are infants or teenagers, it goes without saying that at every stage of growing up a child may face certain trials. Thus, a parent’s responsibility here is to make sure that the child is prepared and ready for this or that event. Learning to drive a car and getting a driving license is one of these situations. In this article you will find some important and useful information about keeping teens safe while driving.
Possible Danger of Teens Driving
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Six teenagers ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. What’s more, drivers at the age of 16 – 19 are almost 3 times more likely to get in a lethal car accident than drivers aged 20 and older.
Risk factors include:
- Driver inexperience
- Neglect of using seat belts
- Driving while drunk
- Driving at night time
- Inattentive driving, etc.
Keeping your child safe while driving is responsibility of every parent that cannot be neglected. The following rules might help you with that.
Useful Rules on Keeping Teens Safe while Driving
Knowing the Laws
Pay attention to the fact that keeping teens safe while driving means not only teaching them all driving rules, but also getting them acquainted with the laws that can protect them if an accident still happens. They need to be prepared for any situation that may happen on the road, including a car accident. There is no doubt that it is always better to be ready for this or that situation, then having no idea what you can or can’t do. Auto accident laws are not an exception.
Of course, the best option is to avoid any car accidents, but, just to be on the safe side, it is better to be aware of your rights and legal options. Keep in mind that even if your teen is following all the driving rules and stays attentive behind the wheel, there are always other drivers on the road and sometimes car accidents are inevitable. It’s rather clear for every driver that even a not serious road accident may cost a huge sum of money. Knowing the laws and your rights may save you from huge financial burdens post-accident and help avoid unnecessary outlay. That’s why it is so important to learn the laws and your legal options yourself and tech them your teen.
Explain to your child the importance of car seat belts. It goes without saying that seat belts save lives. That’s why it is vital to use them. Make it a family rule that everyone in the car must buckle up the seat belt every ride, no matter whether it is a front or back seat.
Only Sober Driving
There no safe amounts of alcohol one can drink and drive. Explain to your child the danger of driving a car while drunk. Alcohol influences a human brain in such a way that it becomes difficult for a person to stay attentive and careful. Remind your teen the fact that the majority of car accidents happen because of drunk drivers.
No Phone Talks, Texting And Browsing The Internet
The driver must always stay attentive and look at the road. Getting distracted may easily lead to a car accident which put under the threat not only a driver but also all those who are around. Thus, every phone call or a message that seems very urgent may wait until you stop the car.
Explain to your child the importance of following all the driving rules. They all were created for a reason! Especially this concerns exceeding the safety speed limit. Even a very experienced driver faces troubles while going over the speed limit. Because the higher the speed is, the harder it gets to control the car. An inexperienced teenage driver will not be able to control the car and follow the situation on the road when the speed is too high. That’s why it is so important to follow the allowed speed limit.
Limit the number of people in the car when your teen is driving. Especially it concerns other teens. Crash risk gets higher when there are a lot of people in the car. A teen driver may easily get distracted listening or talking to his/her friend. That’s why it is better to drive with one adult until a teenager gets enough experience behind the wheel.
A Car Safety Kit
Make sure to equip the car with motor vehicle first-aid kit and all the helpful stuff to help keep your teen warm, hydrated and within reach of help. Thus, you will be sure that your child has everything needed in an emergency situation.
Practice Is The Key
Driving is a complicated skill and it clearly requires a lot of practice. Lack of driving experience can lead to different car accidents. That’s why the more practice – the better. It is also very important to teach your teen driving both at day and at night time and in different weather conditions (would it be rain, snow or too bright sun, etc.). The more driving experience your teen will get, the more confident he/she fell feel at the road.
As a parent you yourself should be the best example and role model for your children. Make sure you follow all the above mentioned rules yourself. Keep in mind that children copy the behavior of their parents and learn by watching what you do.
Unfortunately, the number of car accidents with the involvement of teens is rather high. But, as a parent you need to do everything possible to protect your child from it. Be attentive to your child, be patent and strict where it is necessary, because driving a car is not a game. It is a huge responsibility and a potential danger. To protect your teen, follow the mentioned above rules yourself and teach them to your child.