If you have a teenager, then chances are good that you have already had plenty of conversations about teen driving. However, it is vital to stress just how careful your teens need to be behind the wheel because they have an increased risk of ending up in a motor vehicle accident.
In 2015, roughly 195,000 teenagers sustained injuries in the United States from traffic collisions. This is an increase of 14% from the previous year, and you can see a similar increase between the two years when it comes to teenager fatalities. The truth of the matter is that your teens do not have a lot of experience, so you need to talk with them thoroughly about the dangers of driving at this age.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. While you should reiterate how your teen should never look at a smartphone while driving, it is also important to talk about how he or she should also avoid eating, applying makeup and messing with the radio while behind the wheel. You should lead by example and always keep your eyes on the road when in the car with your teen.
You should reiterate to your teen how he or she still needs practice. After teens pass the driving exam, they may think they are good to go. However, there is still much to learn. Continue to schedule driving lessons with your teen, especially if your teen still needs to work on certain aspects of driving.
Lastly, you need to have a frank discussion with your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving. Teenagers find access to alcohol one way or the other, and you should make sure your child does not get behind the wheel if he or she drinks. You should also talk about how your teen should never be a passenger in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.