How can you help your teenager drive safely?

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Firm News |

Your teenager may anticipate getting their driver’s license with excitement. But as a parent, you may worry about your teenager following safe driving practices behind the wheel.

Your teenager is more likely to emulate your behavior behind the wheel, so lead by example. There are also other strategies you can use to encourage your teenager to become a safer driver.

Start with the basics

Begin by teaching your teenager the fundamental skills of driving, such as steering, braking, accelerating and parking. Practice these skills in a safe, empty parking lot or quiet residential area before progressing to busier streets and highways.

Emphasize defensive driving

Instill in your teenager the importance of defensive driving techniques to anticipate and respond to potential hazards on the road. Teach them to constantly scan their surroundings, maintain a safe following distance and prepare to react to unexpected situations.

Practice in various conditions

Expose your teenager to a variety of driving conditions, including different weather conditions, traffic patterns and road types. Practice driving in rain, fog and snow, as well as during heavy traffic and on highways.

Limit distractions

Educate your teenager about the dangers of distracted driving and encourage them to minimize distractions while driving. Teach them to avoid activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating or adjusting the radio while behind the wheel. Set a rule that prohibits the use of electronic devices while driving.

Enforce seatbelt use

Make wearing seatbelts a non-negotiable rule for your teenager and all passengers in the vehicle. Emphasize the importance of seatbelt safety in preventing injuries and saving lives in the event of a crash.

Although your teenager may be diligent about staying safe on the road, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. Take action to protect you or your teenager’s legal interests if you got into an injurious car accident.