Parents play a critical role in influencing teen driving behavior. They are vital role models whose impact makes teens more receptive to learning and gaining useful experience.
It’s more than just good parenting; it’s a matter of life and death. Parents need to talk to their kids about traffic safety early and often – before they reach driving age.
Set the Standards
Talk to your teen about safety issues and the rules you are setting. Explain each rule and the possible consequences of breaking it. It is crucial that teens and parents are on the same page about driving rules and the dangers of the road.
Most importantly, your kids look at you while you drive so make sure you follow the rules as well.
Practice Makes Perfect
Parents need to make sure that their teens get an ample amount of driving practice in as many situations and conditions as possible. This in turn will help them develop the necessary skills and experience that all young drivers need behind the wheel.
Share your wisdom
Share stories, experiences, and things that have happened to you that will shed some light on certain situations.
Spell out the rules
- The car you choose should have a driver’s side airbag and a good safety rating.
- Good car care: refuelling when needed, oil changes, tire pressure, and regular maintenance. Also, keeping the car free of clutter and trash.
- Always obey the speed limit and traffic laws, and always wear seat belts. Make sure passengers are buckled up as well.
- Let you know where they are coming and going.
- Never use cell phones while driving.
- Never engage in drinking or drug use.
- Have a realistic curfew. Night driving is especially difficult for a new driver.