Teen Driving – Safety

As a parent, you spend a ton of time teaching your children how to be safe. You make sure they are protected and free from danger. Then, all of a sudden, they have their driver’s license and keeping them safe just got a little harder. Making sure they are prepared is the number one way to keep them out of harm’s way. Here are a few tips the NHTSA suggests to help keep your new driver safe.

1. Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver’s full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.

2. Familiarize yourself with your State’s graduated driver licensing law, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Check to see what your State’s laws are on distracted driving; many States have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State’s penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.

3. Set consequences for distracted driving. If your teen breaks a distraction rule you’ve set, consider suspending your teen’s driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen’s access to their cell phone—a punishment that in today’s world could be seen by teens as a serious consequence.

4. Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Novice teen drivers most often learn from watching their parents.

Another great way to ensure your teen is safe is to install the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 gives you the capability to check the location of your vehicle at anytime and receive alerts if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving

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