Teens Driving, Parental Do’s and Don’ts
Every parent can relate to the dreaded time when their child turns sixteen, sixteen is is the age most teens take their first step into adulthood by learning how to drive. Raising a child is overall a tough experience, but teaching them how to drive has to be one of the scariest aspects of the parenting process. There are two routes to teaching your child how to drive, driver’s education class, or teaching your kids yourself. Whichever route you choose, here are some helpful tips to pass along to your kids before they hit the road.
- Number 1 rule of driving! Always wear a seat belt! Click it, or ticket!
- Make space for others (vehicles, motorcycles, bikers, construction workers, etc.). It’s very important to be considerate to others when driving in order to avoid accidents.
- Follow the speed limits. Speed limits are made for a reason. If not adhered to, a speeding ticket is headed your way.
- Make sure to keep up with your turning signals to keep other drivers aware of your next move. This will prevent many accident and angry drivers.
- Follow up with your car’s maintenance. Keep air in your tires and oil in your engine.
- No matter what, ALL pedestrians have right of way!
- Don’t leave food in the car because it will attract bugs and possibly rodents.
- Don’t drive intoxicated! Driving under the influence of any drugs can cause extreme harm to the driver, their passengers, and other drivers. An intoxicated driver take full responsibility of an accident in the eyes of insurance companies and police officers. Intoxicated drivers will be penalized with heavy charges that will negatively affect their driving records for the rest of their lives.
- Don’t talk or text while driving. No matter how quick your call may be, it’s not worth your life.
For the parents that are finding it hard to begin teaching their child how to drive, hang in there; be sure to mention our dos and don’ts list and rest assured that seeking help from a profession is nothing to be ashamed of.
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