PREPARING TO DRIVE
There are only a few teens and preteens that think about driving safety and the rules of the road until they are just about to start driving. It is important to provide your kids with the right information so they are prepared to drive. Here are a few ways to provide the proper tools and support your teen and preteens need to start driving.
The leading cause of deaths for teenagers in the U.S. are from motor vehicle accidents. Compared with other drivers on the road, teens are three times more likely to be involved with an accident. Seat belts have been known to save many lives, but unfortunately teens have the lowest rate of use when it comes to wearing them. Reports have shown that only 54% of high school students wear a seatbelt with riding with someone else.
TOP TIPS FOR TEENS
- Set a good example while you are driving with your teen. Your kids are always watching and pick up both good and bad habits from you. Eliminate as many disctractions as you can while you drive such as using your cell phone. Have your teen assist you with finding destinations using maps and guides.
- Stress the importance to your teen about riding with experienced drivers and NEVER get in a vehicle with someone that has been drinking or doing drugs. As a parent, you must decided on what "experienced" means.
- The safest place for kids and teens is the back seat. Make it a rule that anyone under 13 years or younger must ride in the back seat.
- Make sure you have enough seats for every child along with the appropriate booster seats.