IMPORTANT TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR TEEN BE A SAFE DRIVER
Teen drivers are more likely than other drivers be involved in a car accident due to a lack of experience and unsafe driving habits. In fact, one-half of all teen drivers will be in a car crash before they graduate. Allowing your teen to drive when they are in high school can be positive for both you and them, as long as the teen is a safe driver. Here are a few tips you can follow to help your teen drive as safely as possible.
Practice, Practice, Practice
They say that practice makes perfect and it can certainly help your teen to be a safer driver. When your teen first hits the road, they should get at least 30 to 50 hours driving in a six month period with you in the car. This helps the teen to gain confidence and allows you to provide direction. As you practice with your teen, make sure that you are having them drive different roads, different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Many parents want to keep their kids off busy roadways or out of the rain. But, your child has to learn sometime. Let them learn with you and give them the practice they need. Lastly, make sure that they are practicing defensive driving. Many schools offer defensive driving courses, and your child may get a car insurance discount for participating.
Stress Important Topics
When your teen is learning to drive, there are a few important topics that you need to drill into their head. You need to stress that speeding is dangerous, that seatbelts are important and that distracted driving, such as texting and driving or eating and driving is extremely dangerous. The more you repeat these things, the more likely it is that your teen will hear your voice in the back of their head when they think about speeding or reaching for their phone while driving.
Be a Model Driver for Your Teen
Lastly, you want to ensure that you are a model driver that your teen can imitate. If you don’t wear your seatbelt, are speeding, or are driving unsafe, your teen may think that it is safe for them to do so as well. Showing your teen that you obey traffic laws and drive defensively can help to reinforce the importance of this behavior in them.
Unfortunately, you can follow all of these tips and your teen may still be involved in an accident due to another driver driving unsafely. If your teen was injured in a car accident that another driver caused, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to help recoup medical expenses and expenses for pain and suffering. Here at Mukerji Law Firm, we can you recover the maximum amount allowed by law. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.