For parents with teenagers driving, nights can get a little sleepless at times.
Are they okay? If they’re late, did they get in an accident? Will their vehicle hold up? Did they get lost? Those are but some of the questions an anxious parent can ask when their teen is not home by curfew time.
To make stress less worrisome, have you taught your teen about being a responsible driver? If not, you might very well want to polish up on some things.
That said don’t leave your teen’s driving to fate.
By going over the responsibilities a driver has, they are much less likely to get in trouble.
It All Starts with Education
In getting your teen to be the best driver possible, remember a few keys:
- Education – Never stop educating your teen about their responsibilities at the wheel. For instance, there is plenty of online material from your local DMV office to help with this need. This will help your teen stay up to speed on changes in your state’s road regulations. You can also find blog posts and online videos to assist with driving education. Given teens do not have the road experience of older drivers, never stop educating them.
- Responsibility – Remind your teen the responsibility they have to them and others. This means being a responsible driver at all times. Although the urge may be there on occasion to tailgate, speed, and even cut someone off, don’t do it. All these actions do is lead to possible accidents and even confrontations.
- Distractions – One contributor to auto accidents is when drivers get distracted. From cell phones to trying to eat and drive, it only takes a split-second for a driver to lose his or her focus. Remind your teen that they should never try and operate their phone when driving. That text message or call can always wait for when they are in a safe spot off the road.
- Alertness – Does your teen have a penchant for falling asleep when they shouldn’t? This is very important when they are out on the road behind the wheel. Whether later in the evening or early in the morning, remind your teen that he or she can be drowsy when driving. Much like a distraction in the vehicle; dosing off for even a few seconds can lead to a very serious accident.
Lay the Law Down
If your teen is not holding their end of the bargain in being a responsible driver, don’t be afraid to lay the law down.
This can mean taking away their driving privileges for a period of time. Even if you do not feel good about doing so, you will know in the end it is the right thing to do.
Having your teen a little upset with you is better than them getting into an accident. At the end of the day, it is all about how to raise your child and have them respect certain rules.
By making sure your teen and responsibility go hand-in-hand, both of you will be the better for it.