National statistics for teen drivers show that car crashes are the leading cause of death among drivers aged 16 to 19, and teen drivers are four times more likely than their older counterparts to crash. Teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations, more likely to speed, less likely to wear a seat belt, and have a higher rate of drinking and driving accidents. So what can parents do to ensure their teen’s driving success?
It may seem like your words are going in one ear and out the other, but your child is really listening to you when you are sincerely speaking to them. Talk to your child about safe driving habits. And don’t underestimate the power of imitation. If you don’t drive in a safe manner, your teen will think that it’s okay to do the same.
All states have some form of graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. New drivers are given conditional licenses that allow them to gain experience under low risk conditions. Each state differs, but there are three general stages: a learner’s permit where the driver is accompanied by a licensed adult at all times, an intermediate license provides certain restrictions such as passenger limits and night driving restrictions, and then a full license. It is very important to know what the GDL laws are in your state and share them with their teen driver, and make it known you will also enforce these laws.
Driver education courses are not mandatory for teenagers in all states, but it is a highly recommended step to keeping teen drivers safe behind the wheel. Experience is important, and driver education courses are designed to provide experience in a safe environment. Other avenues would be looking to community programs that give participants first-hand accounts of the realities of unsafe driving.
Even the best drivers in the world will have an accident in an unsafe car. Make an effort to have a clean, well-maintained vehicle available to your teenager. If you have a clunker that is beyond saving, there are many organizations that will take old cars for cash. If your child turns out to be a grease monkey, make sure a professional set of eyes inspects their handiwork.
This guest post was written by Robert
Bio: Robert writes all about cars, and is well versed in all aspects. Furthermore, he also helps people when they want to get cash for a car.