Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to stop your teens from speeding. If they are unsupervised in the vehicle and feel pressured or tempted to speed, they might just do so. This is not to say that there is no way for you to influence how they respond to these pressures. Parents can help to instill safe driving habits in their children and reduce their likelihood to speed, but the final decision always rests with the teen.
One approach many parents are now using in Texas is to put a tracker on the vehicle. In fact, some insurance companies give a discount for drivers who are willing to use their devices. GPS trackers come in handy if the car ever gets stolen. It also provides you with useful information about when the car is in use, where it gets driven to and how fast your teen is going. Some parents disclose to their teens that the tracker is on the vehicle to discourage them from speeding in the first place. Others wait for the incident to happen. The rest do not tell them at all.
NHTSA also recommends setting an example. Words only go so far with teens. Ultimately, your driving habits set the foundation for your own. Many parents wait until their teens are a few months away from taking their road test to start brushing up on their own safe driving skills. Teens, however, do not just begin paying attention when they know they might soon get behind the wheel. They learn habits from a very young age before they ever have an interest in operating a vehicle on their own.
It is also important to discuss the factors that might impair a teen’s judgment. These include the use of substances, particularly illegal substances. Try to help them understand what the consequences are for failing to follow the rules and enforce them. It is often better for parents to get tough on their teens than the law. Then, when the time comes and pressure runs high, hopefully, they remember the lessons taught and choose to drive safely.