Teaching a teenager to drive can be very stressful. Sometimes your teen will think they know more than you; other times they will be completely clueless. When teaching your teenager to drive it is critical you teach them the importance of driving defensively, avoiding reckless behaviors, and keeping their eyes on the road.
One of the first lessons you can teach your teenager is that we all make mistakes while driving, and your teen should not trust other drivers to be perfect. Driving with that mindset will help them prepare to slow down at a moment’s notice or make room for a car that is trying to shoot the gap. Just because your teen has the right of way, does not mean the other cars will give it to them. Make sure your teenage driver understands the importance of always keeping their eyes on the road and aware of what the cars around them are doing.
Avoid Reckless Behaviors
It is critical for the safety of your child and other passengers that avoid reckless behaviors. Reckless behaviors include speeding, running a red light, failure to yield the right of way, racing, evading law enforcement, and driving under the influence. Reckless driving puts the driver, passengers, and other cars at risk. Even if an accident does not occur, any driving determined to be reckless will have legal consequences. A DUI is difficult to get out of, but an attorney can increase your chances. Avoid the need for an attorney or any legal action by avoiding reckless behaviors to stay safe.
Eyes on the Road
Especially when your teen is first starting out, it is important to emphasize the need to keep their eyes on the road. Activities like texting, talking on the phone, or listening to the radio quickly become distractions that put you and your driver at risk. There are too many things going on outside of the car for your teen to be distracted by what is going on inside. Teach them not to eat while driving and teach the passengers in the car to be respectful and keep noise to a minimum.
Establish healthy habits and focus on learning good techniques when working with a young driver. Teach the importance of driving defensively, avoiding reckless behaviors, and keeping their eyes on the road. This will protect your child for years to come.
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