With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of deaths in teens across the United States we compiled a list for you to discuss with your teenage driver, to help keep everyone safe while out on the road.
• No multitasking while driving – No checking cellphone, taking quick calls, eating a snack or looking through their bag. It’s been reported that 1 in every 5 teen fatality accidents were caused by distracted driving fatalities.
• No cell phones –Encourage your teenager to leave their phone in their bag, or place it face down in the center console so that they do not see the alerts while driving.
• Always wear a seatbelt
• Follow the speed limit
• No extra passengers – The louder the car, the more distractions within the car. A lot of states only allow for new drivers to drive one person under the age of 25 at a time within the first year. If your state does not require teenage drivers to do that you could make it a household rule.
• Never drive under the influence.
To help promote safe driving you should also:
• Set a good example – Remember: children are always watching. Keep your cell phone in your bag while you are at the wheel.
• Communicate with your teen as you are driving. If you see a potential problem point it out so that they can learn how to be aware of their surroundings.
• Always wear your seatbelt
• Don’t drive under the influence. Children learn from example. Show your teenager that there is no shame in calling a cab if you are unfit to drive.
• Install a T3 Vehicle Security Device – Wouldn’t it be nice to know if your kid made it to their destination? Now you can keep a better watch on your teenager by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely.