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How to Teach Your Teen to Be Safe on the Road

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for all teenagers, but there is a reason why insurance policies for teens are greater than they are for adults. They can be reckless, impulsive, and can make mistakes. It is up to you as a parent to help drive the responsibility and the consequences of reckless driving home, so that they can take their safety more seriously and be better drivers throughout their entire lives.

Lead by Example

This has to start as soon as possible. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t drive drunk. Always use your blinkers and check your blind spots and all the rest. If you don’t your children won’t either. You must lead by example, because your children will be watching you drive for years before they ever get behind the wheel themselves.

Put Them Through Driving School

There are three main benefits of putting your teen through a formal driving school. One, it shortens the amount of time between licenses. Two, it reduces their insurance policy. Three, it helps them learn the rules of the road inside and out. This will help them drive better and pass the written and driving portions of the licensing test.

Make Them Responsible for the Vehicle

There are a few ways you can make them responsible. You can help them finance a second-hand car of their own, or you can make them pay for their insurance policy.

Don’t Make Them Scared to Call You

Drinking and driving is a huge no-no, but at the same time so too is underage drinking. Rather than cultivating a culture in your home that prohibits even the thought of drinking underage, accept that it could happen. You need to accept this because if your child does get drunk at a friend’s house, the last thing you want is for them to try to drive home on their own under the influence for fear of you finding out about their night out. Instead, you should be the first person they call to pick them up, so that they can always get home safely and not put themselves, or anyone else, in danger.

Ensure They Know What to Do In Case of An Accident

You learn it in driving school, but what you learn doesn’t always stick. That’s why you should write down a list and keep it in your car, so your teen knows the information to ask for. That way, when you go and call attorneys such as 1-800 VINCENT later, you will already have a good basis of information that is necessary to make your case clear-cut. This will help you get compensation if the other driver was at fault.

Teaching your teenager to be responsible on the road means making them responsible. This could mean helping them buy and pay off their own car, so they won’t want to damage it, or it could mean setting out clear rules and punishments in advance. Give them freedom to get out there and enjoy themselves, but help them make the right decisions when driving every time.  

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has three daughters, ages 16,13,7 and a son who is 4. They currently reside in Texas.

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