After acquiring their driver’s license, teenagers may be having a great time on the road. Parents know it is not all fun and games, though. Teenagers get into more accidents than drivers of any other age group, and this puts everyone on the road in danger.
Parents play a big role in developing their teenage driver’s skills and experience, and they can reduce the risk of a crash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inexperience is the main cause of accidents involving teenagers. One of the ways parents can help improve teen driving skills is to ride along with them for a minimum of 30 hours. Along with making suggestions for improvement, parents can introduce opportunities for driving in adverse conditions, such as at night, in construction zones and in inclement weather.
Uphold GDL restrictions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each state has graduated driver’s license laws. These outline restrictions for situations that pose a higher risk. Some examples include restricting teen passengers, limiting night driving, requiring seat belts and prohibiting phone use. Parents should make sure the teen is following the rules.
Be a role model
Teenagers watch their parents drive and often mimic what they see. Parents should set a good example by not taking part in distracting behaviors and by following speed limits and other rules of the road.
Outline rules and consequences
Parents may want to make a driving agreement that lays out specific rules while the teenager is driving. They may include those outlined in the GDL as well as others such as no drinking and driving. There should also be consequences if the teen breaks the rules.