When your teen begins to drive, it can stir a mix of feelings in you. You're proud that they're growing up and maybe happy that you won't have to drive them around so much. But you're also worried about how they're going to do out on the road. Driving might be something that people do every day, but it can be pretty dangerous. And a teenager's brain hasn't yet fully developed, so how can you be confident that they're going to be ok? If you're worried, make sure you take some of the steps below to keep them safe.
Set a Good Example
You can't expect your kids to drive responsibly if you don't. The first thing you can do to help your children be safer drivers is to set a good example for them. This is something that you should be doing long before they're old enough to start driving themselves. It's not just about being safe, but about being responsible and kind too. Being a selfish driver or giving into road rage might not cause an accident, but it doesn't make you a good driver, either. Behave as you would want your child to behave on the road, and as you would want other drivers to behave.
Be Realistic About Drinking
Your teenagers might not be legally allowed to drink for a while but, most of the time, it's best not to kid yourself that they won't do it anyway. If you look right here, you can see what someone can go through if they get in trouble for drink driving - and that's without the possible devastating effects of an accident. When it comes to driving, it's better to assume that they might drink at some point than to ignore the possibility. If you allow for the fact that they might be drinking with friends, you can stress the importance of not driving at the same time. In fact, if you're prepared to take a somewhat relaxed attitude to drinking, your teenager could feel comfortable enough to call you for a ride. Make sure to discuss the importance of both not drink driving and not getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking.
Stress the Importance of Removing Distractions
Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents on the roads, and young drivers are particularly bad at keeping their minds on driving. Distractions can come in all forms, and there are more of them today than ever. From smartphones to music and even passengers talking, there are lots of things that can take your attention off the road. It's important to stress the importance of removing distractions to your teen. Some can benefit from reading or hearing stories of consequences of texting while driving and accidents caused by similar things. You might also want to set some rules, such as that they have to be driving for a year before they're allowed to take their friends anywhere.
If you want your teen to be a responsible driver, you need to be involved in their education. Make sure you talk to them about staying safe.