Teen Safety Behind The Wheel
Remember feeling invincible those early years when you learned to drive? Being cool was first priority so we played our music too loud or raced friends home. Sadly, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. As a parent, there are several things that you can do to help curb these statistics.
Teens really learn to drive by watching their parents so lead by example. Show your teen the importance of buckling up. More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
Teen crashes often happen because of inexperience so it is important to practice situational driving on back roads. This includes how to safely pull over and stop when your sight is impaired. It is also important to prepare your teen for the unexpected such what to do if the driver in front of you has an unsecured load and there is falling debris. How you react is just important as how quickly you react.
Finally, set guidelines for your teen to follow. These might include keeping a curfew, no texting, not driving under the influence and having no more than two passengers.
To find out more about how you can help your teen driver, visit: http://www.teendriversource.org/for_parents#pages
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