Top Ten Safe Driving Tips for Teenagers
Teen driving safety is a main concern of every parent. Research reveals that car crashes or car accidents are the main cause of death among adolescents. Handing car keys to your teen for the very first time can cause enough hand wringing or teeth clenching anxiety for even the coolest of parents.
According to Robert L.Darbelnet, CEO and President of American Automobile Association (AAA), parents can play a huge role on their teens’ driving safety. Teen Driving Safety Awareness week gives an opportunity for teen parents to focus on their teens’ safety while driving and take immediate practical steps and actions that can prevent teenage car accidents. As per the laws of AAA, following are the top ten safe driving tips for teenagers.
Know Your Teen:
Every parent needs to know and understand their teen properly to determine when they are ready to drive. Not all teens are the same maturity level at the same age. Teens develop emotionally, physically and become responsible and reliable at different ages.
Be a Responsible Role Model:
The behavior of the parents’ driving can have a great impact on their teens’ driving actions. Apples don’t fall far from the tree. AAA research has shown that when comparing the number of traffic tickets and collisions, it is found that if parents have a bad driving record, then their teens are also more likely to drive badly.
Choose a Quality Driving School:
Professional instruction is a must when it comes to teenage driving safety. Driving can be a very dangerous and risky activity for young boys and girls. Therefore, it is crucial for parents to find the best driving school with professionally and current curricula trained instructors.
Practice Makes Better Drivers:
Monitored driving sessions or practice with parents or elders can provide adolescents with opportunities to improve and reinforce better driving skills and techniques. Moreover, they will receive useful feedback or advice from the people who are concerned most about their success and safety. AAA also provides a parents’ coaching program known as “Teaching Your Teen Children to Drive” to help parents.
No Teen Passengers at Night:
Chances of car accidents involving teen drivers increase with every additional teen passenger. Therefore, parents should know where their teen children are and who is driving with them. Teen drivers’ accidents mostly occur at night between 9pm and midnight.
Teens Need Sleep:
Adolescents require 8-9 hours of good night sleep each night; however, most teens are not getting sufficient sleep because of the combination of after school jobs, sports and other activities, and early morning school timing and homework. Insufficient sleep can negatively affect hand-eye coordination, vision, reaction judgment and time.
Text messaging and talking on the phone have rightly received significant legislative and media attention as perilous distractions for adolescent drivers. Many countries have recently banned using cell phones while driving, and parents of teens should also make a strict rule on cell phone use while driving.
Create a Contract:
Create driving rules for your own family. Take a teen-parent driving agreement with rules, restrictions, conditions and consequences of breaking the driving rules. Parents should create certain rules which they and their children should agree to. I If the teens go against the family driving rules, a penalty should be enforced. Conversely, proper driving behavior or maintaining proper driving rules should be rewarded and encouraged with additional liberties or gifts.
Discuss and Review:
Parental communication and involvement is essential for preventing teen-related car accidents, crashes, fatalities or injuries. Designate a time every week to discuss safe driving and re-examine your teen’s driving behavior and performance.
Make Smart Vehicle Choices:
It is also important to make a smart choice of vehicle when it comes safe driving. Parents should ensure that their teens drive the safest vehicle. Certain things which need to be considered are:
- Vehicle Size: Bigger vehicles are more likely to be better in accidents and crashes than smaller vehicles.
- Vehicle Type: Sedans are usually safer than sports cars, pickup and SUVs.
- Safety Technology: Teens’ cars should have side and front air bags, stability control systems and anti-lock brakes.