Is your teenager ready to get a driver’s license?
This is an exciting milestone, but it’s also natural for parents to worry about their child’s safety on the road. And, as with other important topics, you are your teen’s best mentor for safe driving.
By talking honestly with them, ensuring their car is safe to drive and setting a good example yourself, you can help set your child up for driving success.
Keep reading to learn four things teen drivers should know to keep themselves safe while driving.
Don’t use your phone while driving.
Talk to your teen about the importance of keeping their phone out of sight and out of mind while driving. The danger of texting while driving may be well-known, but even hands-free and voice recognition technologies can pose a hazardous distraction. It’s always best to pull over safely before sending a text or making a phone call — and parents have to set that example, too.
Don’t eat or drink while driving.
Drivers (especially inexperienced ones) need their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Fiddling with food and beverages may seem harmless, but it can be just as distracting as using a phone.
Don’t drive at night.
Driving in the dark can be dangerous for drivers of all ages. Headlights provide some visibility, but on many roads, everything outside your headlight beams is harder to see and react to. Teen drivers should avoid driving after dark until they’ve gotten more experience behind the wheel.
Know your state’s laws.
Many states now have a graduated driver’s license policy, which is a three-part process for receiving an unrestricted driver’s license at age 18. If your teen has a learner’s permit or junior license, make sure they know the rules. These laws could include limits on the number or age of passengers, whether there’s a curfew and more.
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